"Dogtooth" , the official Greek Foreign Film Oscar Entry has been nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the Foreign Language Film Category for the 83rd Academy Awards. The film made its West Coast premier at the 2010 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.
"This was very unexpected. It makes me and my collaborators extremely happy," commented Yorgos Lanthimos, the film's writer & director.
This is only the 5th time that a Greek film has been nominated for an Academy Award. Previous nominations from Greece include: IPHIGENIA (1977) Nominee, Foreign Language Film BLOOD ON THE LAND (1965) Nominee, Foreign Language Film THE RED LANTERNS (1963) Nominee, Foreign Language Film ELECTRA (1962) Nominee, Foreign Language Film
The country has yet to win an Oscar.
"Dogtooth", directed by Lanthimos and written by Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, is the story of three children of a factory manager who have been raised in complete isolation, spending their lives enclosed in the family's compound and learning only their mother and father's bizarre version of the outside world. As they enter adulthood, however, the three begin to test the boundaries imposed by their parents' unrelenting and often cruel domination.
The film, is produced by Boo Productions, co-produced by Greek Film Center, Yorgos Lanthimos, Horsefly Productions and stars Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Christos Passalis and Anna Kalaitzidou.
"Dogtooth" is Executive Produced by Iraklis Mavroidis Associated Produced by Athina Tsangari with Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis, Art Direction & Costumes by Elli Papageorgakopoulou, Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Sound by Leandros Ntounis.
"Dogtooth", distributed in the U.S. through Kino International a division of Kino Lorber Inc., has been intriguing cinemagoers and fans worldwide with its provocative, experimental, yet thought provoking nature. The film has garnered many awards worldwide.
About the Director
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens in 1973 and studied film and television direction at Stavrakos Film School. Since 1995, he has directed numerous short films (including 2001's Uranisco Disco ), experimental theatre, music videos and TV commercials; his first feature film was 2005's internationally-acclaimed Kinetta.
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Source: Los Angeles Greek Film Festival