Picturehouse, Element bite The Lobster
by Naman Ramachandran
- Cannes bound Yorgos Lanthimos film to release in the autumn
Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution have jointly acquired all UK/Irish rights to The Lobster [+see also:
Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile], the English language debut of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). The film will have its world premiere in competition at this year’s 68th Cannes Film Festival. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, the film is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death. The film is set for release across the UK and Ireland this autumn.
Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for Picturehouse Entertainment, said, “I’m delighted we have an opportunity to work on this innovative and truly original film. I've wanted to work with Yorgos since having my head thoroughly scrambled by Dogtooth [+see also:
interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile] in Cannes six years ago. The fact this is the first film Picturehouse Entertainment have gone into Cannes Competition with makes it that much more special. Believe the hype, it’s an extraordinary film.”
The film is funded by Film4, the Irish Film Board, Eurimages, the British Film Institute Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, presented by Greek Film Centre in association with Protagonist Pictures, with the participation of Canal+, Ciné+ and Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International, Institut Français and is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.