With just three films to his credit, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has already made a name for himself as a quirky young auteur with an eye for the annoying and peculiar. No wonder that in a year when the Coen Brothers headed the international Cannes Film Festival jury, Lanthimos’ third film (and first international co-production) has won the Jury Prize.
Lanthimos’ win, makes him the first Greek director since the late Theo Angelopoulos in the late 1990s to win a major award in the acclaimed film festival. It was a win widely celebrated both in his native Greece, as well as in Ireland, where his film “The Lobster” was co-produced and shot, making his win the first major acclaim for the emerald isle in Cannes in ages.
Lanthimos made international viewers’ heads turn with his debut film, “Dogtooth” five years ago. The film, produced and shot in Greece, about a dysfunctional Greek family living in isolation in a remote area outside Athens in the 1970s, won rave reviews and made it all the way to the Oscar nominations.
Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Michael Smiley, “The Lobster” has become a critical darling at the Cannes festival and is already being tipped for Oscar glory at the end of the year. Filmed in Dublin and in Kerry, the film was co-produced by Element Pictures, Film4, Canal+ and a number of film funds across Ireland, UK and Greece.
The quirky movie, which was largely shot in Kerry last year, is set in a dystopian future where single people are turned into animals and banished to the woods if they fail to find a mate within 45 days. The film premiered on 15 May and won the coveted prize at Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Source: The TOC