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Briefly: Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Alps and Dogtooth, is making his first English-language feature. The Lobster is “an unconventional love story” that has been coming together for a while now. What makes it unconventional? The fact that it is set in a dystopian future isn’t all that odd in the days of rampant YA adaptations, and the fact that this particular future makes it “a matter of life or death” to find a life partner isn’t even the unusual bit. No, there’s something in the script about people being transformed into animals if they don’t fit in. Yeah, that’s the unusual part.

Most of the cast has been set since last fall, but Jason Clarke seems to have dropped out, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are now on board. They join the previously cast Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Lanthimos wrote with frequent collaborator Efthimis Filippou, and we can’t wait to see what weirdness they’ve cooked up. [THR]

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If you were to ask me what I think about Dogtooth, the last film from Yorgos Lanthimos and one of the strangest family portraits ever made, my response would probably vary based on any number of factors that are subject to fluctuation. It is a complex movie that gets a complex response, and I have both loved and hated it to various extremes. It’s one thing to just like or dislike a film, but the intense, dynamic response provoked by Dogtooth is something far fewer films ever earn.

That’s why I’m so excited for Alps, the director’s new film, in which Dogtooth actress Aggeliki Papoulia once again takes a prominent role. The film is about a service that provides stand-ins for the recently deceased, the idea being to help console grieving survivors. Or that seems to be the idea. Lanthimos has said that Alps is “darker and funnier [than Dogtooth]. It goes to each extreme a little bit more,” which is all I really need to hear. But with the film slated to hit the Venice Film Festival we now have an official synopsis and a few stills, all of which you can see below. Read More »

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