Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone secretly shot their fifth film together in Greece, the Greek director revealed speaking to Cineuropa.
Led by Emma Stone and shot by Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Poor Things), he didn’t reveal much about the untitled project, only that it was “much simpler and very different in comparison to Poor Things because that story needed that particular style.”
The four movies by Lanthimos and Stone
Lanthimos and Stone collaborated for the first time with 2018’s The Favourite. They followed it up with the 30-minute film Bleat, which will finally hit North American shores at the 61st New York Film Festival next month, followed by Poor Things, which Stone also produced and is earning the most acclaim of their respective careers following its Venice and Telluride premieres.
Described as a “creepy gothic thriller” and starring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, and Ramy Youssef, Poor Things is based on the novel by Alasdair Gray and is expected to be equally controversial as earlier work by the director.
Poor Things follows Bella, a young Victorian woman who, after being crudely resurrected by a mad scientist following her suicide, runs off with a debauched lawyer to embark on a surrealistic odyssey for self-discovery and liberation.
Bella is brought back to life by Dr. Godwin Baxter. Initially naïve, Bella is eager to learn about the world around her, albeit under Baxter’s protection. Wanting to see more, she runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, and travels across continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella demands equality and liberation.
For their fourth outing, they shot the anthology feature AND last year co-starring Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, and Joe Alwyn, which will get a release in 2024.
Lanthimos is one of the most provocative filmmakers
Lanthimos is one of the most provocative filmmakers of the past decade, who has made a name for himself with films like the psychologically dense The Killing of The Sacred Deer and the thought-provoking dissection of human connections and solitude in The Lobster.
He received the most widespread acclaim and success of his career for his 2018 period drama The Favourite, which went on to be nominated for ten Academy Awards and led to Olivia Colman winning her first Oscar.
The Favourite also won the award for Best European Movie of the Year in 2019 at the European Film Awards which took place in Berlin, Germany.