An unconventional love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, 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 (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent. Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.
‘Dogtooth’ is a darkly comic insight into a surreal world of parental control gone mad. Three teenagers are grounded in an alternate world by their overprotective parents, when a female outsider bursts into their bizarre family bubble, with shocking and strangely amusing results.
Yorgos Lanthimos's eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Oscar nominated, cult smash Dogtooth is another weird and wonderful exploration of human psychology. Revolving around a group calling themselves the Alps - a service providing stand-ins in for the recently deceased, hired by relatives, friends or colleagues to aid the grieving process – the film bounds from one bizarre set-piece to the next in a dazzling mix of black humour, unsettling drama and delicious ambiguity. Winner of three international film awards, including a Fipresci prize and the Golden Osella award for best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival 2011, Alps confirms Lanthimos as one of the most exciting emerging directors in world cinema.