Yorgos Lanthimos commences The Lobster shoot
by Naman Ramachandran
- John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden join previously announced cast
Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth [+see also:
interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile]) has commenced a seven-week shoot at Ireland locations for The Lobster [+see also:
Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile], his first English-language film. John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden join the previously announced cast of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Co-written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou (Alps [+see also:
film profile]), the film is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.
The film is being produced by Element Pictures (Ireland), Limp (UK) and Scarlet Films (UK). Producers on the film are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender serving as executive producers. Isabel Davis is the lead executive for the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Fund, and Rory Gilmartin for Irish Film Board.
Partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Faliro House in Greece, Carole Scotta of Haut et Court (who will be both the French co-producer and distributor of the film) and Derk-Jan Warrink, Joost de Vries and Leontine Petit of Lemming Films in Holland.
Film4, Irish Film Board, the BFI Film Fund (the first film through its minority co-production strand), Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, CNC, the Dutch Film Fund and Canal+ are financing.
Protagonist Pictures is handling world sales.