Triangle of Sadness, a satirical black comedy film written and directed by Ruben Östlund and produced in association with the Greek production company Heretic, has been nominated for three Oscars.
The film, which was partly shot on location on the Greek island of Evia, has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Original Script. It stars Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Henrik Dorsin, Vicki Berlin, and Woody Harrelson.
The movie’s plot revolves around wealthy guests on a luxury cruise ship who are stranded on an island after their superyacht sinks.
The Oscar nominations for the 2023 Academy Awards were announced this Tuesday, January 24. Triangle of Sadness received nominations in three of the 23 categories, for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Original Script.
The black comedy movie has already won accolades in the film industry. It was the winner of last year’s Palme d’Or and received an eight-minute standing ovation.
The satirical film is an international co-production between Sweden, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Greek production company Heretic also co-produced the film, which was partially shot on Chiliadou Beach on the Aegean side of Evia.
Heretic was co-founded by award-winning producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis. In their own words, “Heretic is a boutique film house producing and selling films on a global scale. We are dedicated to filmmakers who have a natural talent for storytelling, and to film teams that share Heretic’s core principle: in filmmaking, story and audience come first.”
The Athens-based production company has also worked on the movies A House in Jerusalem, Magnetic Fields, and Feathers, as well as many more.
Filming on Evia
Östlund said that his team had “a fantastic shooting period in Greece” despite the hardships of shooting a feature-length film while the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing—something which he describes as “crazy stressful.”
“We were thinking of shooting the film first in Thailand on a more sub-tropical kind of deserted island,” he told Greek Reporter. “But then we got to see these images of Evia and the nature of Evia, which reminded me of South Africa or Cape Town with a wild type of nature, with these really high mountains…so, that was fantastic to experience that part of Greece.”
The next challenge pertained to a certain unusual particularity of Chiliadou Beach, where the team had chosen to do the shooting.
“We went scouting there and it was completely full of naked people and they told me it’s a nudist anarchist beach,” Östlund recalled. “And how do you convince anarchists that they should leave their beach for us to shoot a movie?”
“It was not an easy task. But the people of Chilliadou, the ones who live in the village, talked [to the nudists] really well and we managed to convince them that we needed to shoot on this beach.”
Overall, Östlund said that he enjoyed filming in Greece and called it “a fantastic experience”.