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The director of Dogtooth and Alps is now shooting his new film, but this one is a bit different than the two art-house offerings that made Yorgos Lanthimos a festival favorite. The new film is The Lobster, which is described in brief as a “dystopian love story.” It will be the director’s first English-language film. The cast is something else indeed: John C. Reilly has just signed on to The Lobster, along with Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), Michael Smiley (The World’s End), and Jessica Barden (Far From the Madding Crowd). Read More »

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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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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).

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Yorgos Lanthimos got our attention with Dogtooth — hell, he got the world’s attention with the film — but he isn’t the only person responsible for that film and its follow-up, Alps.

Efthimis Filippou wrote both Dogtooth and Alps, and Dogtooth was shot by Thimios Bakatakis. Now there is L, directed by Babis Makridis and co-written by Filippou and shot by Bakatakis. The film is a Sundance entry, and has the tagline “What is the best vehicle in the world? A movie about walking.”

Now there is also a teaser for L; it certainly displays the deft touch that Bakatakis has with lighting. And for those who are fans of Dogtooth, there is an odd sensibility here that will prove instantly endearing. Read More »

Since the film debuted at Venice, I’ve been trying to avoid reviews of Alps, the new film by Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos. I’ve seen headlines and brief quotes that are generally positive; those, a couple trailers and the basic synopsis are all I’m willing to see before going into the film. (The synopsis is easy: a small group of people, led by a man who calls himself Mont Blanc, form a service to help people grieve by standing in for their departed loved ones.)

Now we know that there will definitely be chances to see Alps on US screens, as Kino Lorber has picked up the film for distribution. It won’t be around until next spring, which is quite a while to wait, but better that than no distribution at all.

If you’re also eager to see the next effort from the Dogtooth director, check out a new trailer below. The dialogue is entirely in Greek, but you’ll be able to get an idea of the character of the film, at the very least. Those who’ve seen the director’s last film will recognize certain elements and impulses very quickly. Read More »

Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos returns this year with Alps. He has promised this film will be darker, stranger and funnier than Dogtooth, his polarizing portrait of a very messed-up family that became an unexpected Best Foreign Film Oscar contender. We’ve seen a few images from Alps, which is about three people who aid the grieving process of strangers by standing in for their deceased loved ones. Now we’ve got a teaser, which doesn’t offer a damn shred of info about the plot, but does poke fun at the notion that the film is archly serious festival fare. Read More »

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 »

Hot on the heels of the release of a massive batch of films that will appear in the Toronto Film Festival, we’ve got the main lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

We knew that George Clooney‘s The Ides of March would open the fest (the trailer premiered last night and you can see it here) and this list confirms quite a few films that we imagined would be playing Venice. Our very much anticipated spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is on the list, as is Roman Polanski‘s tense closed-room drama Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. And there is Alps, the second film from polarizing Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film Dogtooth shocked, entertained and angered festival audiences in 2009.

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