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Athens resembles a necropolis in the latest film from the talented Yorgos Lanthimos – and now he has upped sticks for London. It's not abandonment, he insists

Yorgos Lanthimos sits at the table outside a pub, bundled up in jacket and fleece, his breath visible in the autumn air. While he talks, I can't decide what's more telling: the fact that Lanthimos, the most talented Greek director of his generation, has just made a film about dead people; or the fact that he's now quit Greece to live in Britain instead.

Maybe he grew weary of his role as a coal-miner's canary. For now, more than ever, it's tempting to view Lanthimos's gloriously grotesque, off-kilter pictures as an ongoing autopsy of contemporary Greece – a portrait of a nation on the cusp of collapse. His 2005 debut, Kinetta, was an acid drama about the thrill of homicide; 2009's Oscar-nominated Dogtooth was a nail-bitingly »

- Xan Brooks

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