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Giorgos Lanthimos
Greece 2011 / 93’

Play with me. You have to pretend to be someone you’re not. Someone I love. You’ll make losing him easier. Maybe I won’t even notice he’s gone? You have to learn his moves and dress right. Remember to keep your distance! If you get close to me once, all is lost.

In Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest film, everything is a spectacle. The gymnast, her coach, the nurses are paid impersonators assuming roles of people who died. While they help families survive the grieving, what happens to their own identity? Who are they when they go back home? What happens if one of them breaks the rules and becomes overly attached to their roles in the anguished family?


Venice IFF 2011 – Golden Osella for Best Screenplay; Sofia IFF 2012 – FIPRESCI Prize, Special Mention

Giorgos Lanthimos

Born in 1973 in Athens, where he studied directing for film and television. Since 1995, he has directed a series of videos for dance-theatre companies, television commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. In 2011, he staged Chekhov’s Platonov at the Greek National Theatre. His first film Kinetta (2005) screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals to critical acclaim. His sophomore feature Dogtooth (2009) won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards. Alps (2011) is his third feature film.

Selected filmography

1995 O viasmos tis Hlois (short)

2001 Uranisco Disco (short)

2001 O kalyteros mou filos / My Best Friend (co-dir.)

2005 Kinetta

2009 Kieł / Kyodontas / Dogtooth

2011 Alpy / Alpeis / Alps

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Cast & Crew

director Giorgos Lanthimos
screenplay Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
cinematography Christos Voudouris
editing Yorgos Mavropsaridis
sound Leandros Ntounis
cast Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed
producer Giorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Victoria Bousis, Maria Hatzakou, Matthew Johnson, Thoma Kikis, Thanos Papastergiou, Aggeliki Papoulia, Lee Polydor, Johnny Vekris, Christos Voudouris, Andreas Zoupanos
production Haos Films, Hellenic Radio & Television, Faliro House Productions, Feelgood Entertainment, Marni Film, Avion Films, Cactus Three, Nova
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Greek, English
colouration colour