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Critics had predicted that Todd Haynes’ Carol or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin would take the top prize, while momentum appeared to shift to Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul when it picked up the Fipresci prize. Even the bookies favoured a different title, pegging Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster for the prestigious honour.
But while they each left the Lumiere Theatre with one prize apiece, it was Dheepan that claimed the top honour.
The drama centres on a Tamil freedom fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, one of three non-professional Tamil leads) who, near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, flees to Europe with a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum »
Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alchemy, which has already scooped up Gaspar Noé's 3D "Love" and Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," has taken Us rights to Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster." A love story set in a near-future where single people are arrested and transferred to a Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal, this Cannes competition entry stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. Cannes: "Dogtooth" Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) "There are very powerful emotions happening inside," said Weisz at the press conference. "Yorgos creates a world and a tone where nobody’s over the top in their acting style, in a world where everything is very internal. It’s the opposite of a melodrama, that’s the tone." "There is a lot of melodrama in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Watch: 'The Lobster' Clips Preview Yorgos Lanthimos' Absurd Cannes Drama Alchemy has announced acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in competition this week. The absurdist film stars Colin Farrell has an architect who checks into a hotel after his wife leaves him. Set in a society that highly values relationships, the architect has but 45 days to find a new partner or else he'll be transformed into an animal of his choosing. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux co-star. In Indiewire's review, our critic wrote that "the inherent absurdity of the premise maintains its appeal thanks to an unlikely combination of depravity and deadpan comedy." "'The Lobster' is alternately beautiful, romantic, mysterious, and hilarious," said Brooke Ford, Alchemy Evp of Marketing. "Yorgos has created a completely original film that we are. »
- Casey Cipriani
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Alchemy has acquired all Us distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, the dark satire starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which received its world premiere in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The Lobster is 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. 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 »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Animal Farm: Lanthimos’ Dystopic Dip into RomCom
Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos makes an admirable English language debut with The Lobster, set within an original dystopic landscape charting the grim prospects for the monogamous human relationship. Those familiar with the director’s unique black humor from Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011) should be pleased to find none of his abilities to be lost in translation. And yet, this latest also feels as if it prizes sly commentary over substance, a cohesion of elements that make his other titles feel a bit more inventive and a bit less belabored. Still, there’s much to admire in this latest work, a bizarre universe unto itself.
David (Colin Farrell) has just been left by his wife. But he lives in a world where it is against the law to be single, so he is forced to check into a hotel where singles have 45 days to »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
2015, Greece | UK | Ireland | Netherlands | France
The much anticipated fourth film in competition, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster follows in the footsteps of Garrone’s Tale of Tales and Sorrentino’s Youth - Southern European auteurs of noteworthy beginnings migrating to English-language international co-productions and big-name casts. So far the ‘show-me-the-money’ transplant (Lanthimos stated during the press conference that while funding was easier to assemble internationally, he moved to the UK because he wanted to work in English anyway) has yielded mixed results: it seems that once the big money and names are there, the genuine irreverence and wildness we first loved gives way to forced weirdness overkill and uninspired attempts at outdoing oneself (while probably being intimately aware that casting a pretty Hollywood-approved lead because the budget is there does not guarantee great art). Though to be fair, »
The Lobster is ostensibly inhabiting a similar off-kilter cinematic space to Richard Ayoade’s The Double or Spike Jonze’s Her. Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language debut is what can be best described as a skewed-surrealist sci-fi; a film has an an alt-modern setting where a traditionally emotional-driven element of society is treated as a cognitive one.
The general conceit is a world where not being in love is forbidden. Singletons and recent-divorcees are sent off to an authoritarian hotel where guests have forty-five days to find love among the inhabitants before they get turned into an animal (of their choice, at least). The metropolitan areas have security guards who check licences of people who walk about alone and in the woods a gang of loners live a simple life, albeit it hunted by hotel’s inmates.
It’s an idea with delicious social parallels ripe to be explored and, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Its much to early to crown him as the godfather of the Greek new wave, but there’ll be mounds of further essays written on the tsunami-breaking splash he made back in 2009 with the unsettling, and yet darkly sidesplitting Dogtooth. as he incrementally adds to his filmography. Winning top honors in the Un Certain Regard section, Yorgos Lanthimos who got his start with the co-directed My Best Friend in 2001 and Kinetta in 2005 officially find himself in the bigger ring and the red carpet steps at the Grand Théâtre Lumière this evening. Unlike…say six years ago, patrons have a firm idea about his idiosyncratic style (and taste as a producer) but with The Lobster are still in the know about not being in the know.
- Eric Lavallee
No stranger to the international film festival circuit, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is receiving rave early reviews out of this year's Cannes for The Lobster, his third feature and first with a high-caliber English-speaking cast, including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw. The film focuses on a future wherein you either find your mate or you are transformed, inexplicably, into an animal and let out to roam the wilderness. It's a typical what's-that-guy-on premise from Lanthimos, who already conquered Cannes years ago when his debut, Dogtooth, nabbed him the Un Certain Regard prize. That film has a major following at this point, not surprising as it marries Michael Haneke's formal exactness with dark, deadpan satirical jabs at isolationists that escalate into violence, incense, and self-abuse. His striking sophomore effort, Alps, won screenplay honors at the Venice Film Festival, where it was up for the Golden Lion that, »
- Chris Cabin
Read More: Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Explores a Crazy World More Familiar Than It Looks While the entirety of Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster" has divided some critics at the Cannes Film Festival, everyone seems to be unanimous in their praise for the comedy's satirical elements and absurdist humor on the nature of relationships. In the first couple of clips released from the film (see below), audiences can finally get a peak at what all the fuss is about. The film stars Colin Farrell has an architect who checks into a hotel after his wife leaves him. Set in a society that highly values relationships, the architect has but 45 days to find a new partner or else he'll be transformed into an animal of his choosing. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux co-star. "The Lobster" is currently seeking U.S. »
- Zack Sharf
If you've never seen a film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos I recommend you open your mind and sit down with Dogtooth (read my review here) and if you like that, don't be afraid to check out his follow-up Alps, though I will tell you it isn't nearly as good. Now Lanthimos has made his English-language debut with The Lobster at the Cannes Film Festival and along with some early positive reviews I have a couple of new pictures to share as well as a couple of clips, which should give you some idea of what to expect Just above is a shot of Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, the two characters are the heart of what is described as an unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future. It's here where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There »
- Brad Brevet
2015 began with two big surprises when it came to the box office: Mortdecai was even more of a disaster than everyone thought it would be, and Paddington managed to be an amazing success that no one could have predicted. While the former is trying its hand at remaining relevant with a PG-13 rated cut on VOD, the latter is looking to get into even more family-friendly mischief with a sequel. While we thought Paddington 2 would be a while off, it looks like Ben Whishaw seems to think production could begin real soon. How soon? Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter's conversation with Whishaw, it sounds like Paddington 2 is gearing up for a production start date at some point next year. Of course, this information is far from confirmed, as the actor was quick to add the caveat that, "It.s just whispers at the moment, nothing has been confirmed." Whispers »
For the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, Yorgos Lanthimos's first feature in English, The Lobster, is "an adventure which begins by being bizarre and hilarious but appears to run out of ideas at its mid-way point." But the Playlist's Oliver Lyttelton finds that the cast—Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Jessica Barden, Ashley Jensen and Aggeliki Papoulia—commits to the absurd premise "with gusto." The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin: "Co-screenwriter Efthimis Filippou’s collaboration with the director is faithfully served by DoP Thimios Bakatakis, using lots of long lenses and natural lighting to create stunningly composed tableaus, and editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis smoothing down the tonal shifts to a glassy sheen." » - David Hudson »
Longevity and lifelong fertility are among the reasons why a human may wish to become the eponymous creature, explains Colin Farrell’s protagonist at the outset of “The Lobster.” The tasty crustacean’s rich associations with the Surrealist movement appear to have slipped his mind, but not that of Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose supremely singular fifth feature — his first in English — takes his ongoing fascination with artificially constructed community to its dizziest, most Bunuelian extreme to date. A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality, this ingenious lo-fi fantasy will delight those who already thrilled to Lanthimos’ vision in “Alps” and the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth,” while a starry international cast should draw as-yet-unconverted arthouse auds into his wondrously warped world.
As in Lanthimos’ other features, it’s only once the complex (yet »
- Guy Lodge
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose comedy-drama “The Lobster” screens in Cannes’ competition May 15, sees it as a “love story,” albeit one set in a crazy parallel world where different rules apply, he told Variety.
The film is set in a city where single people who fail to find a partner in 45 days are turned into animals and released into the woods. The lead character would like to become a lobster.
This absurdity aside, it is primarily a movie about the complexity of human interactions. “It’s about people being in couples, being single, about being in love, or not being in love, about being in relationships,” he said. It delivers a warts-and-all view of relationships. “It’s an honest portrayal. The way we see and explore it, »
- Leo Barraclough
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
It's all in the title. Crime syndicate Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), headed up by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, regularly attempted world domination in Sean Connery's '60s outings, but they've been absent for decades due to an ongoing legal dispute with Thunderball co-creator Kevin McClory.
McClory passed away in 2006 and his Bond rights were eventually regained by Eon/MGM, »
One of the many films I'm upset I'm missing at this year's Cannes Film Festival is Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster. Lanthimos' Dogtooth was one of the most pleasantly surprising and thought-provoking films of 2010 and while Alps a couple years later was a bit of a letdown, he's packed his newest feature (and English language debut) with a cast worth getting excited over. Described as an unconventional love story, the film is set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, 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 there he falls in love, although it's against their rules. Based on »
- Brad Brevet
On screen and in print, the genre is returning to the moral ambiguity of its cold war heights
Double-crosses, dead drops and desperate dashes across London – the spy story is back. The most obvious indication is the return this weekend of Spooks, resurrected on the big screen four years after the TV series came to an end. Then there is the arrival on BBC2 of 70s-set spy drama The Game, which channels John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to tell a seductive tale of subterfuge, divided loyalties and secret wars.
The highly anticipated London Spy, written by bestselling author Tom Rob Smith, starring Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent, will arrive on the same channel later this year, while in the Us the spy drama The Americans continues to win critical acclaim (UK audiences can watch the first two series on Amazon Prime Instant Video).
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- Sarah Hughes
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