Here’s your chance to find out all you need to know about “The Lobster”, an unconventional love story in a dystopian future, where single people who don’t manage to find a mate are instantly transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods. According to the filmmaker, the film essentially seeks synonyms for love.
Ready for Rotterdam’s Cinemart “The Lobster”, Lanthimos’ fourth feature after “Kinetta”, “Dogtooth” and “Alps” marks his third screenwriting collaboration with Efthymis Filippou and it appears to be extremely consistent with the narrative style the duo has developed so far.
As mentioned previously, “The Lobster” is participating in CineMart, Rotterdam’s co-production market, seeking international collaborations and possible shooting locations. The festival provides the first synopsis, and other details about the film, which read as follows:
An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods. A desperate Man escapes from the Hotel to the Woods where the Loners live and there he falls in love, although it’s against their rules.
The film presenation also includes a text by Lanthimos himself, where he describes his intetions, the film’s goals and goes into more detail about the subject-matter “The Lobster” will explore on the big screen:
The Lobster is a story about love, without being a conventional love story. It observes the ways and reasons certain people come together to form couples, while others don’t. It is a story about the terrifying effects of solitude, the fear of dying alone, the fear of living alone and, above all, the fear of living with someone. Forcing ourselves to like someone is one kind of suffering; trying to find someone we really like is a different sort of suffering. The Lobster tries to discover synonyms for love in words such as fear, norms, deadlines, matching, synchronicity, naivety, prosperity and lies.
In the CineMart presentation, the film is described as a co-production between Ireland, the UK and Greece, seeking potential collaborators in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg in order to raise the 1.900.000 Euro budget. Participating companies are Element Pictures (“Shadow Dancer”, “What Richard Did”) and Scarlet Films, a British outfit that will also be co-producing Lanthimos’ next film. Lanthimos’ own Limp films is also part of the combo, a newly founded production company that has also started pre-production on the short he intends to shoot before embarking on “The Lobster” adventure.