Yorgos Lanthimos’s fourth feature film is taking part in the Cannes Film Festival competition section, 17 years after Theo Angeolopoulos won the Palme d’Or with ‘Eternity and a Day’.
68th Cannes Film Festival’s announcement of the official competition selection has confirmed the forecast, which saw Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film ‘The Lobster’ vying for the Palme d’Or among almost 20 films in competition. ‘The Lobster’ is the first Greek film competing in 17 years since Theo Angelopoulos’ participation with ‘Eternity and a Day’ in 1998, which also won the big festival prize that year – the first till now for a greek movie at the Cannes Film Festival.
Thierry Frémaux, the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, stated that ‘The Lobster’ is “one of the most mysterious films of the competition” while stressing that it forms “part of a film tradition where we don’t understand everything but which are fascinating in the way the director, screenwriters and actors, like Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, create new forms of quite extreme storytelling. We like this in Cannes, we like celebrating the creators, those who make films differently and we look forward to seeing how the public welcomes such films”.
A co-production of Ireland, Greece, France, the Netherlands and the UK, Lanthimos’ film is an unconventional love story, set in a dystopian, near future where, in accordance with the rules of the City, all single people 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 choice and are released into the Forest. A desperate Man escapes from the Hotel and into the Forest where the Lonely live and falls in love, even if this is against the rules.
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman along with Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia star in the film. Element Pictures, Limp films, Scarlet Films have produced it while Faliro House, Haut et Court and Lemming Film are co-producing. Funded by the Irish Film Board, the BFI Film Fund, Eurimages, the Greek Film Centre, the French CNC, the Dutch Film Fund and Canal+, the film will be distributed in Greece by Feelgood Entertainment.
‘The Lobster’ is Yorgos Lanthimos’s fourth feature film after ‘Kinetta’, ‘Dogtooth’ (which participated and won the Grand Prize in Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009) and ‘Alps’ and marks the third screenplay collaboration with Efthymis Filippou, with whom they won the best screenplay award for ‘Alps’ at the Venice Film Festival.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival this year runs from May 13 to May 24, 2015.