Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster”, a dark comedy set in a dystopian future, has just won the Jury Award (Prix du Jury) at the Cannes Film Festival.
“The Lobster” markes Lanthimos’ first English-language film, and stars well-known actors like Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, and Rachel Weisz.
In the world of the film, single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Lanthimos directed and co-wrote the script with fellow Greek screenwriter Efthimis Filippou, and helped produce the film as well with help from Irish financers (the film was shot last spring in Ireland). Plenty of Greeks helped to round out the crew of the film, including DP Thimios Bakatakis.
Alchemy acquired the film just four days after it premiered in Cannes.
Here’s the list of the 2015 Cannes Festival winners:
Dheepan, dir: Jacques Audiard
Son Of Saul, dir: Laszlo Nemes
Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin
Vincent Lindon, The Measure Of A Man
The Lobster, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
Rooney Mara, Carol
Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon Roi
Michel Franco, Chronic
La Tierra Y La Sombra, dir: César Augusto Acevdeo
Short Film Palme d’Or
Waves 98, dir: Ely Dagher