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Cannes Buy: Alchemy Catches Yorgos Lanthimos ‘The Lobster’

Cannes Buy: Alchemy Catches Yorgos Lanthimos 'The Lobster'

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.

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“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.

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