Alchemy, which has already scooped up Gaspar Noé’s 3D “Love” and Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” has taken US rights to Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut “The Lobster.”
A love story set in a near-future where single people are arrested and transferred to a Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal, this Cannes competition entry stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw.
“There are very powerful emotions happening inside,” said Weisz at the press conference. “Yorgos creates a world and a tone where nobody’s over the top in their acting style, in a world where everything is very internal. It’s the opposite of a melodrama, that’s the tone.”
“There is a lot of melodrama in the story,” argued Lanthimos, “but the juxtaposition is between various tones and music that is sentimental and dramatic: the voiceover and the elements create a lot of emotion, but it’s not like the actors need to do that in a certain way, it happens from within.”
Release date forthcoming.