CountryGreece | Ireland | UK | France, 2015
CategoryDrama | Comedy
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
Produced by Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney & Lee Magiday
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Wishaw
About the Director:
Yorgos Lanthimos studied film and television direction at Stavrakou Film School in Athens. Since 1995, he has directed films, theatre, music videos, dance and a large number of TV commercials. He was also a member of the creative team of Dimitris Papaioannou for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. His acclaimed films include Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011).
“Lanthimos once again strikes an utterly singular tonal balance that lands somewhere between deadpan humor, hard-hitting violence, and disarming emotional poignancy.” Brooklyn Magazine
Iconoclastic filmmaking team Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, GFF 2010) and writer Efthymis Filippou (Chevalier in this year’s GFF) make a bravura English language debut, which is – as its absurd title fails to suggest – a love story set in a dystopian future.
In this future, according to the rules of The City, single people are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. Upon check-in, they are obliged to find a love match in 45 days and, if they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.
Colin Farrell puts forward a career-best performance as a desperate Man who escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live. Unwittingly, he falls in love (with Rachel Weisz), although ‘coupling’ is against the rules of The Loners who live in proud defiance of The City.
“Watching the film is like observing some alien game played in front of you, the pleasure derived both from puzzling out the rules and the surprise of what is or is not allowed, how it must be played.” MUBI’s Notebook