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.

The full list is after the break. Read More »

Dogtooth has been a surprising film over the past year, first shocking audiences at Cannes with a depiction of a family whose dysfunction is more whacked-out than most would think possible, and then blindsiding awards prognosticators when it nabbed a Best Foreighn Language Film Oscar nomination.

Now director Yorgos Lanthimos is already in post-production on his follow-up film. Called Alps, the movie is likely to hit Cannes, and the director says it makes Dogtooth look like a kids’ film. Uh-oh. Read More »