Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, winner of the 2012 Sydney Film Festival prize, is making his first English-language movie.
28 Oct 2013 - 12:31 PM  UPDATED 25 Feb 2014 - 3:46 PM

As Greece has struggled economically, Giorgos Lanthimos has prospered creatively. With Dogtooth and then Alps the Greek filmmaker has found his place as one of the leading young European filmmakers, in touch with the traditions of European art cinema but able to bend it into strange and resonant new shapes as the continent constricts and conspires. The world is recognisable, but not the same, in a Lanthimos film, and now that troubling stillness and untoward sympathy will be distilled into the English language with The Lobster, his first international production.

Co-written by the director and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, it's set in a dystopian future where by law all single people must find a partner within 45 days. Those that do not are turned into animals in what has been described as a romantic drama (although genres don't really apply to Lanthimos). His cast is impressively wide-ranging, with lead roles for the Australian actor Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and the much discussed Lea Seydoux (Sister, the controversy tinged Blue is the Warmest Colour), as well as Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) and a regular in Lanthimos' previous pictures, Angeliki Papoulia.

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