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Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman," the 2014 Dutch Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, is one surreal, insane and mind-bending movie. Starting with Cannes, it hit up the festival circuit heavily last year, and it's now coming to select cities on June 6 via who-else-but Drafthouse Films. (Trailer below.) A dark suburban fairytale that takes cues from Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") and Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"), "Borgman" is entirely its own strange animal, hovering around a stiff upper-class family whose bearings are unmoored by the appearance of a mysterious vagrant fellow (Jan Bijvoet). While the wife Marina (Hadewych Minis) comes unhinged at the seams, plagued by nightmares of murder and domestic mayhem, Borgman has his own malevolent tricks up his sleeve and ultimately no hands, not even the children's, are clean. It's all wildly ambiguous and whacked-out, but "Borgman" is a blast from beginning to end. While its mysteries are impossible to keep up with, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Most art movements reach a point when the work slowly begins to break away. That breaking point is reached in Alexandros Avranas's Miss Violence, the latest export from the formally ambitious talent factory of contemporary Greek cinema. Recalling this movement's ur-film, Yorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth, in its depiction of a bracingly bizarre family, Miss Violence honors the thoroughly creepy work of Avranas's countrymen, but in his turn of the screw, Avranas marshals the abstract qualities of art cinema to comment upon concrete horror. It screens in the Museum of the Moving Image's Panorama Europe festival, a sizable offering of adventurous European cinema.
From the ominous start, it's clear that something is rotten in Greece. At her family-only birthday pa »
Drafthouse Films will release Alex Van Warmerdam's Borgman on June 6 and today I have the first trailer and poster for the dark and twisted story, of which I regrettably missed at last year's Cannes and Toronto Film Festival. The film features Jan Bijvoet in the title role as Camiel Borgman whose arrival in a residential area disrupts the life of the carefully constructed fa?ade of an arrogant, wealthy couple, their three children and the nanny. In fact, Borgman may actually be the Devil. I've heard good things about this one with comparisons to the work of Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and Michael Haneke (Amour) having been made. I'm looking forward to finally seeing it for myself. sb id="911009" height="259" width="610" »
- Brad Brevet
John C Reilly has just joined the cast of the upcoming unconventional love story called "The Lobster," which already has Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman on board. Plot: The dystopian tale follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. The new movie is already in production in Ireland under the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). A release date has yet to be announced. »
Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) is set to pen the latest draft of the Splinter Cell screenplay, taking over for Eric Singer (American Hustle). Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) was recently tapped to direct the video game adaptation with Tom Hardy attached to star as Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon, and it seems he's remained aboard as a new director has now come around. Deadline Byung-hun Lee, Storm Shadow from the G.I. Joe movies, has joined the cast of Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis in what is described as a "key role", though no other details were revealed. Also joining the cast are Michael Gladis ("Mad Men"), Sandrine Holt ("House of Cards") and Dayo Okeniyi who will be playing Miles Dyson, the son of the Cyberdyne exec played by Joe Morton in Terminator: Judgement Day. Production is beginning soon. THR Finally, »
- Brad Brevet
The story follows a crew of dirty cops blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down." Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: Deadline]
John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden are set to join Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster". Filming is now underway in Ireland.
Set in the near future, the story posits that single people are arrested and obliged to find a mate within 45 days of their incarceration in a hotel. If they fail to do so, they are transformed into »
- Garth Franklin
Leading today’s casting announcements is news on one of our most-anticipated projects. After finally pulling together financing for his English-language debut, the wild-sounding sci-fi drama The Lobster, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps) recently kicked off production. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia all on board, John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Supporting players in John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden are joining the already cast, diverse set of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Lanthimos regulars Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia in what should be a delicious auteur version of Hunger Games for us art-house folk. Our number two pick for this year’s Top 200 Most Anticipated Films list, THR reports that Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is currently shooting in the 100 shades of greenish-brown pastures of Ireland making this a safe bet for Venice in August.
Gist: Co-written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, this is a love story is set in the near future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death. Single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel and are obliged to find a mate within 45 days. If they fail, »
- Eric Lavallee
Just when you thought that Hollywood was all “out of ideas,” a film like The Lobster comes along. Before we get into the casting news that broke today though, read the “dystopian love story’s” description below:
“Single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel and are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.”
Do you need to read that one again? Go ahead, I’ll wait.
As bizarre as this film sounds, it could actually be rather enjoyable, thanks in no small part to its stellar cast. Today, THR reports that John C. Reilly has come on board, joining Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia.
The film is currently shooting in Ireland, under Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, »
- James Garcia
Fuck, pardon my French, this cast rules. You should know and love Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. He directed “Dogtooth” and “Alps” and quickly landed as a Cannes favorite and one-to-watch shortly thereafter. In case you’ve forgotten, he’s making his English-Language debut, it’s called “The Lobster” and it already features the star-studded cast of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (“Alps”) and Angeliki Papoulia (“Dogtooth”). Today, four more actors were announced as additions to the cast including John C.Reilly, Scottish actress Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley (perhaps best remembered for "A Field in England," "Kill List" and "The World's End") and Jessica Barden (“Tamara Drewe”). The synopsis is pretty awesome too: a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. »
- Edward Davis
The director of Dogtooth and Alps is now shooting his new film, but this one is a bit different than the two art-house offerings that made Yorgos Lanthimos a festival favorite. The new film is The Lobster, which is described in brief as a “dystopian love story.” It will be the director’s first English-language film. […]
- Russ Fischer
Few films have as intriguing a plot setup as Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou’s latest, The Lobster. For all its strange setting, the writer and director team has attracted a stellar cast so far, and as the cameras start rolling, they’re adding John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden to the line-up.If you haven’t been following the various casting stories, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, Ben Whishaw and Lea Seydoux are already aboard the film, which is set in a weird future world.In this bizarre universe, single people are against the law. Those who have yet to pair up after a certain age are arrested and transferred to a facility called the Hotel. There, they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the Woods. »
Even though production is currently underway for The Lobster, it hasn’t stopped them from adding huge stars to the movie!
The Lobster follows the story of a desperate man who breaks with the rules of ‘The City’ where singles are arrested and forced to find a matching mate within 45 days at ‘The Hotel’. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia are also set to star.
Lanthimos caused a bit of a stir with Cannes award winning movie Dogtooth, so we’re not really surprised by this premise! The Lobster is currently shooting in Ireland, and currently has no release date. »
- Lucy Cave
London — John C. Reilly has joined the cast of love story “The Lobster,” the first English-language film by “Dogtooth” helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. Reilly joins the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman.
Film is set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
Pic is co-written by Lanthimos and long-time collaborator Efthimis Filippou, who co-wrote the Oscar-nommed “Dogtooth. »
- Leo Barraclough and Nick Vivarelli
The Lobster centres around a group of people who are told to find respective partners, or they will be turned into animals.
Single people are arrested and taken to The Hotel, where they are given 45 days to find a partner.
The Lobster is co-written by Lanthimos and long-time collaborator Efthimis Filippou.
Lanthimos won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his 2009 movie Dogtooth, and has been based in the UK since 2011. »
Principal photography has begun on The Lobster, the first English-language film by Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth won Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2009 and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Beginning last week, the shoot will take place over seven weeks on location in Ireland.
John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden join the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia.
The love story is set in the near future where single people are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the Woods. A desperate »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London -- John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen (TV's Ugly Betty), Michael Smiley (The World's End) and Jessica Barden (Far From the Madding Crowd) have joined Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut, The Lobster. The movie, which has also cast Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia, has begun shooting in Ireland. Photos: 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 Co-written by Lanthimos and his longtime collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, the love story is set in near future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death. Single people,
- Stuart Kemp
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Producers: Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan (has been Ceylan’s producer since Climates).
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
There was a time when Kar-Wai, Ki Duk, Almodovar could do no wrong. And while they’ve had recent bumps in the road, apart from Haneke the filmmaker personality who has landed number one on our 2014 list has been solid for more than a decade. Since he preemed his third film 2002′s Distant in Cannes, he has been batting near a thousand with Climates, Three Monkeys and arguably one of the best films of 2011 in Once Upon A Time in Anatolia. Nuri Bilge Ceylan might follow up his masterwork set in the sprawling hills with what looks like a portrait in a more unforgiving terrain. Production lasted four »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer(s): Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou (both featured in pic above)
Co-Producers: Haut et Court, Faliro House and Lemming Films
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
One of the most exciting filmmakers to emerge on the global film scene over the past five years has been Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director, whose last two films, Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011) were incredibly strange, original, and undoubtedly haunting in their depictions of worlds severely off kilter (his influence can already be seen in other emerging filmmakers from his native country with 2013’s Miss Violence from Alexandros Avranas bearing a striking resemblance to the bizarre drama of Lanthimos. Several months back, funding was announced from several »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Ruben Östlund
Writer: Ruben Östlund
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Lauded by international critics, cheered by film festival programmers (Cannes, Tiff, Nyff) and criminally overlooked by U.S. distribution companies, Ruben Östlund’s Play was a thorny, provocatively eye-poking social study that one could argue, belongs to a larger discussion that Haneke’s Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys brought to the table. After The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), for his fourth narrative feature, we think we might have a Swedish answer to Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, where indie film borrows from studio pedigree. Meaning a disaster film but with a bit more philosophical edge, Scandi noir humor and plenty of snow (the filmmaker revealed to us in our interview »
- Eric Lavallee
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