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Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become […]
- Angie Han
Alchemy also said Jim Jenkins has transitioned to the role of exec VP of strategic business development and mergers and acquisitions. The company has also hired Norbert Hudak to serve as senior VP of affinity pods and business development through which he will develop, acquire and maximize Alchemy’s action, horror, faith, family, urban and documentary slates.
Guthrie held senior positions at Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, MTV Games and Thq. He spent a decade with The Walt Disney Co. where he led the North American sales and distribution functions for the home entertainment division and most recently served as chief operating officer of Kizzang Sweepstakes.
- Dave McNary
Read More: Alchemy Acquires Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Out of Cannes Alchemy is making some big changes to support its rapid growth, starting by hiring Scott Guthrie as its Chief Operating Officer. In the role, Guthrie will oversee several of Alchemy’s divisions, including Strategy & Planning, Operations, It and Human Resources, and he will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee, who made the announcement today. Guthrie has held senior positions with several global entertainment and consumer product companies, including serving as Evp of Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing for leading home entertainment brands such as Paramount, Dreamworks, MTV, Nickelodeon, CBS and Showtime. During his tenure with Viacom, Guthrie also served as Evp and General Manager of MTV Games. With Guthrie focused on Operations, Alchemy’s Jim Jenkins will transition to the role of Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Development and Mergers. »
- Zack Sharf
Pledge Allegiance: Kleiman’s Intriguing Debut a Fascist Allegory
Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna (2011), Australian helmer Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut Partisan instead feels like what you’d imagine Yorgos Lanthimos’ version of The Village (2004) would feel like. Headlined by none other than Vincent Cassel and a cast of Euro accents speaking English, Kleiman and screenwriter Sarah Cyngler concoct a film that’s oddly obscure and perfectly menacing, with an unwillingness to explain itself, recalling titles by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, wherein groups of children are possibly being utilized for insidious means by the adult community. An allegory concerning the oppressiveness of Fascism, Kleiman’s film is also a coming-of-age-tale, spiked heavily with cold-blooded murder.
- Nicholas Bell
Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.
Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.
Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
This is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' best film yet. Maybe it's because it's his first film in English, but also because the film is an insanely ingenious indictment of modern romance and relationships told in an utterly fascinating way. The Lobster is a drama starring Colin Farrell set in a very odd sort of reality, one where those who are single and not in a relationship are turned into an animal after 45 days (if they don't find someone else in that time). The concept, which is fun to describe, is brilliantly executed by Yorgos Lanthimos and his ensemble of actors. It's the kind of film that if taken seriously, won't be liked, but as long as you don't forget to laugh at every little thing that they're poking fun at, it is so easy to caught up in this. Lanthimos sets up the world in The Lobster with Colin Farrell playing David, »
- Alex Billington
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Ireland / UK / Greece / France / Netherlands. 2015
Colin Farrell, donning a rather “Joaquin Phoenix in Her” disposition and attire, sits on a couch, facing away from his presumed wife as she tells him the details of the man for whom she’s leaving. His responses are curt, wounded. Every word sounds like it’s dripping with phlegm. And soon enough, he’s taken away to a hotel, his fate hanging in the balance. Farrell is sent off to a hotel where he, and the people there, have 45 days to find a mate. Should they not fall in love before the time is up, they will be turned into the animal of their choice.
Yorgos Lanthimos’s film has a duality to it: it can exist as a microcosm to discuss the structural oppressiveness of (primarily) heteronormative couplings and the possibly equally »
- Kyle Turner
There are a lot of avenues a filmmaker can take when discussing the emotions that drive us humans as well as the contradictory nature between love and relationships. With The Lobster, writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos creates a strange, cynical look at these contradictions with enough sardonic wit to consider it a satire. The filmmaker who hit with the equally strange comedy, Dogtooth, returns to bring yet another dry and somewhat surreal comedy that may just have you cringing in your seat as much as it has you rolling. With a stellar cast and Lanthimos' unapologetic vision, The Lobster is a unique experience that will question your faith in love as much as enhance it. Lanthimos and co-writer Efthymis Filippou present here a dystopian world, not so much a vision of our future but another reality altogether. In this world finding a soulmate seems to be chief among the hierarchy of needs. »
- Jeremy Kirk
Yorgos Lanthimos doesn’t make easily digestible films. His films aren’t meant to be soul-searching soul food or sweet little treats for a date night or light popcorn fare. The Greek arthouse director aims more for the mind than the stomach. Films like Alps and Dogtooth placed Yorgos Lanthimos on the radar of many for his sheer audacity to examine elements of the human experience in absurd and unusual ways. Whether he’s examining the mental effects of death and loss or social constructs surrounding family and education, Yorgos Lanthimos is an anthropologist with a passion for telling stories.
As you can expect, The Lobster continues his study of cultural norms. Even though it’s his English language debut and he’s now working with Hollywood actors, Lanthimos shows no signs of watering down his approach. Colin Farrell plays a recently single man named David. Accompanied by his brother, »
- Michael Haffner
Having premiered in Cannes and screened in Toronto, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly and Olivia Colman, heads to the New York Film Festival. "The Lobster is certainly no less ambitious than its high-concept predecessors," Dogtooth and Alps, finds Angelo Muredda in Cinema Scope, where he finds that the "trouble lies in the film’s noncommittal tone, which too often deviates from Lanthimos’s reliable deadpan." We're collecting more reviews and we've got the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson »
You might think that Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton are untouchable, but that's only if you've never been around Hollywood. While Daphne Du Maurier's novel "My Cousin Rachel" was already made into an Oscar-nominated noir in 1952, a new version is being prepped for the modern age. Read More: Watch The Amazing Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Starring Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin will team up for the new adaptation. Roger Michell ("Hyde Park On Hudson," "Le Week-End") will direct this updated version and also write the script, which tells the tale of an orphan who seeks revenge on the woman he believes murdered his cousin and caretaker. Here's the book synopsis: Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Yorgos Lanthimos is in big demand. His latest film The Lobster has been getting critical acclaim from many corners of the globe on its festival journey so far. Now the filmmaker’s next project may have secured some A-list talent.
Deadline reports today that Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Emma Stone (Irrational Man) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) are in talks to join the cast of The Favourite, which “follows the political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. The story takes place between the end of the 17th century and first years of the 18th century, when Anne reigned from 1702-1707.”
Colman, who co-stars in The Lobster, would play Queen Anne with Winslet portraying Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Stone would play Abigail Masham, an “impoverished, distant relative of Sarah”.
- Scott J. Davis
In the new Film Quarterly, Megan Ratner talks with Roy Andersson about what he calls his "trivialist cinema." Also in today's roundup: A new book, The Feel-Bad Film, addresses work by Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Gaspar Noé, Claire Denis, Lucile Hadzihalilovoc, Stan Brakhage, Gus Van Sant and Brian De Palma. Plus a fresh look at Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool and early word on forthcoming projects by Steven Soderbergh, Yorgos Lanthimos, David Simon, Jeremy Saulnier, Roger Michell and Felix van Groeningen. » - David Hudson »
Athens — As weary Greek voters headed to the polls this week for the third time this year, hoping to find a way out of an ongoing political and economic quagmire, local bizzers gathered Thursday night to toast an industry that’s proven surprisingly resilient throughout the country’s protracted crisis.
While the event hosted by the Hellenic Film Academy, which screened trailers for the country’s upcoming slate of new releases, brought in a packed and spirited crowd, many in attendance echoed the dour mood of recent months.
“I think everyone is exhausted and fed up,” said producer Amanda Livanou. “I can sense a mood of helplessness.”
Throughout the gloomy years of the economic crisis back home, Greek helmers have met with global acclaim. Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth,” which won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2009, earned a foreign language Oscar nomination. Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg” was nominated »
- Christopher Vourlias
Above: The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan).Until this gorgeous new poster for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin was unveiled this week, I was pretty sure that the best poster of the 2015 New York Film Festival was going to be the same as the best poster of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, namely either one of the negative-space hugging posters for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster. But the Assassin poster, while not being as clever as those designs, is just as ravishing as I expect Hhh’s film to be. There are a few other standouts this year such as the posters for Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, Apichatpong Weeasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room, all of which have been knocking around since their festival debuts at Cannes and Sundance. But one of my favorite new discoveries is the illustrated art for Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart. »
- Adrian Curry
An A-list cast of all your favourites are lining up to appear in a new royal drama - conveniently titled The Favourites.
BAFTA-winning Broadchurch star Colman will play the last monarch of the House of Stuarts, while Winslet will play Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close confidante of the Queen.
Stone is closing in on the role of Abigail Masham, a distant relative of Sarah who is introduced to the Queen's court, reports Deadline.
The story will cross from the 17th century to the 18th, encompassing the queen's reign from »
Yorgos Lanthimos is lining up a high-powered cast for The Favourite, as Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman have all entered talks to star. That’s not too surprising, considering the success he’s had with Dogtooth and now The Lobster. No, the weird part is how un-weird it sounds. As far as we can tell, […]
- Angie Han
It's a big year for Rachel Weisz. The Oscar-winning actress appears in Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster" just in time for awards season, and has been tapped to star in Fox Searchlight's forthcoming "My Cousin Rachel" remake, based on the book of the same name. The 1952 original, which starred Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton, will get a modern day makeover with writer/director Roger Michell at the helm. Weisz will also star alongside Tom Wilkinson in a new vehicle from writer David Ayer, "Denial," due next year. In other casting news, Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer will be joining Amazon's upcoming pilot season, portraying the late trailblazing director, Nora Ephron, of whom her mother was a great admirer and frequent collaborator. The series follows a group of Newsweek reporters who sued the magazine in 1970 for sexual harassment and discrimination, in which Ephron led the charge. »
- Ruben Guevara
Winslet plays Sarah the Duchess of Marlborough, a close confidante of the Queen. Stone would play Abigail Masham, an impoverished and distant relative of Sarah who gains a position at court.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
New film by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos set during the 18th-century reign of Queen Anne due to have a heavyweight female cast
Olivia Colman’s trajectory from the long-suffering girlfriend of the neurotic Mark in Peep Show to one of the most celebrated actors of the moment looks set to be confirmed by a role as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’s forthcoming film The Favourite.
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- Guardian staff
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