Yorgos Lanthimos' LOBSTER in Cannes Competition
Lemming Film co-production THE LOBSTER by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is selected for the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival (13th-24th of May 2015). During the festivals’ press conference, it was announced that the film will have its world premiere in the Palais des Festivals. After MY JOY, IN THE FOG and HELI, THE LOBSTER is the fourth Lemming Film co-production within five years, which is selected for the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival.
THE LOBSTER is the fourth feature film from Yorgos Lanthimos, after ALPS (Main Competition of the Venice Film Festival), DOGTOUTH (Prix Un Certain Regard, Oscar nomination) and KINETTA (Forum Berlinale, Toronto Discovery), which is international very popular. For the script, Lanthimos and his scenarist Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, Alps) already won the ‘ARTE International Prize for best project’ at the Cinemart in Rotterdam.
THE LOBSTER tells an unconventional lovestory, set in a dystopian 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 man escapes from the Hotel to the woods where the Loners live. Although it’s against the rules, here he falls in love. With Colin Farrell (True Detective, Total Recall), Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy, the Constant Gardener), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Lea Seydoux (La Vie D’Adele, The Grand Budapest Hotel), John C. Reilly (Carnage, We need to Talk about Kevin) and others.
THE LOBSTER is a co-production from Element Pictures (IR), Lemming Film (NL), Faliro House (GR), Haut et Court (FR), Limp and Scarlet Films and is supported by Irish Film Board, the Netherlands Film Fund, BFI Film Fund, Film4, Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, CNC and Canal+. The postproduction of THE LOBSTER is done by the Dutch Storm Postproduction, Warnier Posta and Wave Studios in the UK.
Protagonist Pictures is responsible for the international sales of the film. In the Benelux THE LOBSTER will be released by Filmfreak.