Yorgos Lanthimos

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September 3, 2019

Kino is reissuing Dogtooth (2009), and Alps (2011) is coming to blu-ray for the first time

In an effort to protect their three children from the corrupting influence of the outside world, a Greek couple transforms their home into a gated compound of cultural deprivation and strict rules of behavior. But children cannot remain innocent forever. When the father brings home a young woman to satisfy his son's sexual urges, the family's engineered "reality" begins to crumble, with devastating consequences.

A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.


12 minutes, premiered today at Locarno

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life. Returning to the short film with Nimic, Yorgos Lanthimos proposes a refined and lighter version of his disturbing fantasy, preferring to outline the character or more broadly the personality rather than dystopia.


Yorgos Lanthimos To Direct & Produce 'The Man In The Rockefeller Suit' Limited Series In Works At Searchlight TV
via Deadline

The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos is set to direct and executive produce an adaptation of The Man In The Rockefeller Suit based on Mark Seal's New York Times bestselling non-fiction book, which is being developed as a limited series at Searchlight Television. Donald De Line and Element Pictures will exec produce with Lanthimos.

Written by David Gilbert, based on the book The Man In The Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor, the limited series adaptation tells the true story of Clark Rockefeller, a gregarious, successful, and mysterious descendant of the Rockefeller clan. When his wife Sandra begins to suspect that Clark isn't who he says he is, his decades-long web of deception slowly begins to unravel.

This reunites Fox Searchlight and Lanthimos following their collaboration on The Favourite, which earlier this year was nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture and director for Lanthimos, winning best lead actress for Olivia Colman.

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit adaptation, produced by De Line , was initially in development at Fox Searchlight as a feature written by David Bar Katz, with Benedict Cumberbatch at one point loosely attached to play the lead and Pablo Trapero before that attached to direct.

In TV, the case was the subject of the 2010 Lifetime movie Who Is Clark Rockefeller?, in which Rockefeller was played by Eric McCormack. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter is an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street — as well as a marriage — posing as a member of the Rockefeller family, until his past finally caught up with him.

Fox Searchlight Pictures launched Searchlight Television in 2018. This past spring, the studio landed its first series order at Hulu for The Dropout, a limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon based on ABC News/ABC Radio's podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. The division also has projects in development at FX and Apple.


Yorgos Lanthimos in Talks to Direct Gothic Western 'The Hawkline Monster'
via The Hollywood Reporter

Hal Ashby and Tim Burton previously took runs at trying to mount an adaptation of the novel by Richard Brautigan.

Yorgos Lanthimos, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed period drama  The Favourite , is in negotiations to direct New Regency's adaptation of the novel The Hawkline Monster.

Roy Lee, one of the producers behind the horror hit  It ; Andrew Trapani (Winchester ); and Steven Schneider, who last worked on Glass and Pet Sematary , are producing the Gothic Western pic. Lanthimos will also produce with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, the shingle behind Lanthimos' films The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster.

The move kicks the decades-in-the-making project into a higher gear after Regency picked it up in June when it made a deal with the estates of both the author, Richard Brautigan, and filmmaker Hal Ashby (Being There).

Ashby spent over a decade trying to mount Hawkline Monster in the 1970s and 1980s but sparred with Brautigan over the script, even as he had Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman, and later Jeff and Beau Bridges, on board for the two-hander.

The book, first published in 1974, tells of two unlikely hero gunslingers hired by a 15-year-old girl named Magic Child to kill the monster that lives in ice caves under the basement of a house inhabited by a young woman named Miss Hawkline. What follows is a unique adventure where there is more to Magic Child, Miss Hawkline and the house than meets the eye.

After Ashby died in 1988, Tim Burton also tried to tackle the adaptation, this time for Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson, but that, too, got lost along the project's long trail. If anything, it does show the project continues to attract top directing and acting talent.

Lanthimos continues that lineage and is also a director who draws acclaimed actors into his efforts. The Favourite starred Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, and earned Lanthimos a best director Oscar nomination as well as one for best picture. (The movie itself was nominated for 10 Oscars and won one.) The Killing of a Sacred Deer starred Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

(And with Hawkline Monster being unearthed anew by Hollywood, Brautigan's other novels are now being looked at as well.)

Ianthe Brautigan and Paul Swensen will executive produce the pic. Natalie Lehmann will oversee for New Regency.

Lanthimos is repped by CAA, Ilene Feldman Management and U.K.'s Sayle Screen.


March 3, 2020

Kinetta (2005) is coming to blu-ray from Kino

Kinetta is the perversely fascinating second feature by Yorgos Lanthimos, who would later go on to international renown with Dogtooth, Alps, and The Favourite. A detective, a photo shop clerk, and a chambermaid stage re-enactments of the murders by a local serial killer. What at first seems to be an investigative experiment turns out to be more of an exploration into the depths of their own psychosexual obsessions.





The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife) rat poison.

Quote from: Letterboxd user SYUpon hearing about the Academy Award nom for Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos and his 2009 commercial and critical darling Dogtooth, Arturo Ripstein, possibly the greatest Mexican filmmaker working today, reportedly considered sending him a message saying "I hope we win." Frankly, I wish he would have sent him that message and many more given how blatantly Lantihmos ripped off not only the premise but also a number of other key screenplay elements from Ripstein's masterful The Castle of Purity. I'm sure Lanthimos would have been less bold if Ripstein's film had been available on DVD from Criterion or was simply better known. Ripstein has nothing to worry though. Dogtooth is not going to remain with us for a very long time, and I imagine the same will hold true for its maker. On the other hand, The Castle of Purity and its director will only gain in stature with time, though I realize that it's been far too long already. Maybe he has to die first. I don't know. You can't invent context, whether it's social, cultural or political. Allegorically, Ripstein's film works much better on those levels given its setting and period. And it's a much more rounded film, spending as much time with the perpetrator as it does with the victims of hypocrisy and totalitarianism.

Whole movie is on , no subs.


Ahuevo! That'll be a sure-thing watch this weekend.


You can't own a narrative. I noticed the movie pretty clearly took a lot of visual inspiration/ideas from a famous photographer named Lars Tunbjork, but that doesn't make me think less of it.



Emma Stone & Willem Dafoe Will Star In Yorgos Lanthimos' Postmodern Frankenstein-ish Tale 'Poor Things'
The Playlist

Yorgos Lanthimos has found his next picture, and it will reunite him with "The Favorite" star Emma Stone. The film, "Poor Things" is an adaptation of the Alasdair Gray satirical novel for Searchlight Pictures and the U.K. Film4. "Poor Things" is a Frankenstein-esque Victorian tale of love, discovery, and scientific daring. The novel tells the incredible story of Belle Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by an eccentric but brilliant scientist.

QuoteOne of Alasdair Gray's most brilliant creations, Poor Things, is a postmodern revision of Frankenstein that replaces the traditional monster with Bella Baxter— a beautiful young erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant. Godwin Baxter's scientific ambition to create the perfect companion is realized when he finds the drowned body of Bella, but his dream is thwarted by Dr. Archibald McCandless's jealous love for Baxter's creation.

The hilarious tale of love and scandal that ensues would be "the whole story" in the hands of a lesser author (which, in fact, it is, for this account is actually written by Dr. McCandless). For Gray, though, this is only half the story, after which Bella (a.k.a. Victoria McCandless) has her own say in the matter. Satirizing the classic Victorian novel, Poor Things is a hilarious political allegory and a thought-provoking duel between the desires of men and the independence of women, from one of Scotland's most accomplished authors.

Early plot details said the Bella Baxter character was a pregnant woman who drowns herself to escape her abusive husband.


Has a new 30 minute short film, Bleat, which premiered in May.

A black and white silent short film, set on the Greek Cycladic island of Tenos. A woman in black is mourning inside a simple house. Reality blends with dreamy imagination, and tradition with insidious desires.

Quote from: i-DBorne from a 2018 discussion, shot in early 2020, but only now seeing the light of day — and in very specific circumstances (more on that shortly) — Bleat is the product of Yorgos' collaboration with Neon, a Greek artistic non-profit, and the Greek National Opera. Yorgos was the guest here; what they made together forms a new chapter in Neon and the GNO's ongoing series that explores the relationship between visual art and opera, titled The Artist on the Composer.

The film is silent; when it first starts to play, you hear only the whirr of the projector kicking into gear. It's at this point that the collaboration comes full circle: we are watching it with the accompaniment of the Greek National Orchestra, who have strung together several compositions from classical and contemporary composers to capture the spirit of what's shown on screen. The two are in perfect symphony. Sparing string plucks and the groan of violins, oboes and flutes carry their interpretation of Toshio Hosokawa's "Singing Garden"; the eery, striking notes of a cimbalom re-enact the same composer's "Nachtmusik"; and then, a full-bodied, heaven-summoning choir deliver "Immortal Bach, op. 153": a Bach reimagining by Knut Nystedt.

The film and orchestra played for three nights over the weekend of 6-8 May, with three performances each night at the Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Greek National Opera. In total, that amounts to a few hundred shy of 12,000 witnessing Bleat; but the fascinating caveat comes with the manner in which it will always be presented.

It is Yorgos' desire that the film be seen this way and this way only: on film with an orchestral accompaniment. It's the direct antidote to the streaming era of moviemaking, he points out, in which films are — either instantly or, after a few months, primed and ready to be downsized to a small screen if need be. A version of Bleat like that does not and — Yorgos' stance willing — will not exist.

Quote from: FRIEZETypically for the filmmaker, the baroque music is playfully counterpointed by what's on screen. In Bleat, Stone plays another of Lanthimos's lonely, grieving weirdoes. Shot on the Island of Tinos, it begins at a funeral (her husband's, played by Bonnard). The era is unspecified: it could be a century ago, though anachronistic technologies hint otherwise. Stone's nameless character enjoys an intimate moment with a reproduction of the Madonna. She then reanimates her deceased husband by sitting on his face.

As a narrative, it's looser even than his other recent short, Nimic (2009), and, with no dialogue to contend with, has the feeling of an artist enjoying a different set of tools. 'I was inspired by a Greek documentary by [Takis] Kanellopoulos about wedding traditions in northern Greece and Macedonia,' he tells me. 'It's a remarkable film, absolutely beautiful, stunning.' Lanthimos filmed Bleat on Super 16 – black and white, warm and crackling – and insisted on analogue projection. While plans are in the works to tour the film, he is adamant that it only be viewed with all these trimmings.