This year marked my first time attending the the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, and I’m glad I went. How good is the festival? Well, the first film I saw, which is no. 1 on this list, blew my socks off. The movies I saw after that grand introduction, for the most part, didn’t make for a downhill slope. After the jump, read about the 12 best films at Fantastic Fest 2015.
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Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become if he can’t find a mate.
If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
When you’re single and lonely, it can feel like the whole world is full of smug couples judging you for your solo status. In Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, they literally are. Singlehood is a crime in this society, and those caught committing it are given 45 days to find a mate, or else be turned into an animal of their choosing.
It’s an absurd premise, but we’d expect no less from the director of Dogtooth. In this strange dystopia, David (Colin Farrell) meets and falls for a woman from another community, where coupledom is strictly forbidden. Watch The Lobster trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Above is your first look at what might be one of the weirdest movies of the year. Doesn’t look so strange, does it? But this is the first shot from The Lobster, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). That should tell you something right off. And we’re guessing that in the film, we’ll see one of these three guys, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly, turned into an animal. How? Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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]
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Dogtooth and Alps director Yorgos Lanthimos is going to bring his signature style of skewed narrative to an English-language film.
His next movie is The Lobster, described as “an unconventional love story” that has a slightly sci-fi bent. What sort of sci-fi bent, exactly? How about this: if people don’t comply with the rules of their society, they are transformed into animals. Got your attention?
Now it has a cast, with Jason Clarke (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) signing on alongside Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Ariane Labed (Alps) and Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).