The Lobster (2015)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Run Time: 118 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2015
Starring: Ariane Labed, Ben Whishaw, Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux, Rachel Weisz
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Netherlands, United States
Language: English, French, Greek
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About the film:
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods.
“Like all good satire, it takes what’s already obvious about the world around us and just transforms it into something new.”
—Jordan Hoffman for Esquire Magazine
About the filmmaker:
Born in Athens, Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos briefly studied business and played professional basketball before he turned to study film in his hometown. Although there were very few Greek films being made, Lanthimos managed to find work behind the camera as a commercial director. Kinetta (2005) was his first solo directing effort, and his unique style and framing earned the film entry into international festivals in Berlin and Toronto. His film Dogtooth (2009), a drama about a family that has withdrawn from the outside world, earned the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Lanthimos’ next film Alps (2011) wasn’t met with the same regard, but his first English language film, The Lobster (2015), cemented his reputation as a wholly unique auteur. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Lanthimos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His follow up to that film was the thoughtful psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), starring Nicole Kidman. His latest, The Favourite (2018), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.See our upcoming films