“A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.” (Element Pictures)  “Longevity and lifelong fertility are among the reasons why a human may wish to become the eponymous creature, explains Colin Farrell’s protagonist at the outset of “The Lobster”. The tasty crustacean’s rich associations with the Surrealist movement appear to have slipped his mind, but not that of Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose supremely singular fifth feature — his first in English — takes his ongoing fascination with artificially constructed community to its dizziest, most Bunuelian extreme to date. A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality, this ingenious lo-fi fantasy will delight those who already thrilled to Lanthimos’ vision in “Alps” and the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth”, while a starry international cast should draw as-yet-unconverted arthouse auds into his wondrously warped world.” (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Tuesday, 01.12.2015 – 10.00 pm, Screen 8
Wednesday, 02.12.2015 – 7.30 pm, Screen 6 (presented by Knut Elstermann) – in the presence of actress Angeliki Papoulia



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: The Lobster, 2015
Country: Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, France, Netherlands
Production: Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Lemming Film, Film 4, BFI, Haut et Court
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Barden, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colmana, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 118 min.
Language: English OV
World Sales: Protagonist Pictures,
Distribution Germany: Sony Pictures Releasing GmbH Berlin
Festivals: Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem, Odessa, Melbourne, Sarajewo, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Beirut etc.
Awards: Cannes Jury Prize, Cannes Palm Dog, Cannes Queer Palm, ARTE International etc.