Yorgos Lanthimos


Greece 2009

Running Time



Drama | Comedy


Greek with English subtitles

"Lanthimos has filmed something of a Wes Anderson look-a-like, preened and lustily shot, and yet with the glacial mundaneness of a Michael Haneke tableaux." The Lumière Reader

The first Greek film to make official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in a decade and winner of the festival’s prestigious Un Certain Regard award, the highly stylised and absurdist Dogtooth sees a Josef Fritzl-like father and wife construct a domestic ‘Eden’ where their docile teens can be protected from a contaminated world.

Unfolding in a deadpan fashion with a satirical black comic vein, the film depicts a hermetically enclosed compound, which even has its own innocuous vocabulary, where a ‘vagina’ is a keyboard, a ‘zombie’ is a yellow flower and cats are considered ruthless predators. Very few outsiders venture inside their walls, until the father engages a female security worker to assist his son with a necessary bodily function – sexual release.  

Written by Efthymis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos
Produced by Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Yorgos Lanthimos & Athina Rachel Tsangari
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaintzidou

More on Yorgos Lanthimos here.

Greek Synopsis:
Σε μια απομονωμένη μονοκατοικία έξω από την Αθήνα ζει μια πενταμελής οικογένεια. Τα τρία παιδιά δεν έχουν βγει ποτέ από το σπίτι και μεγαλώνουν χωρίς κανένα εξωτερικό ερέθισμα. Ο μόνος άνθρωπος που τους επισκέπτεται είναι η Χριστίνα, υπάλληλος στο εργοστάσιο του πατέρα, με σκοπό να κατευνάζει τις σεξουαλικές ορμές του μεγάλου γιου.


Thursday 27 October, 9:00 pm

The Astor Theatre
Part of a double-bill with KINETTA