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The Lobster

OT: The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos // Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Netherlands, 2015
Fiction Feature // FF2015



Society in the not-too-distant future, in which living together is of paramount importance. Singles are arrested and taken to an institution called “The Hotel”. Here, they have 45 days to find a suitable partner. If they fail, they are turned into the animals of their choice and released into the woods. David (Colin Farrell) manages to escape The Hotel into the forest, but here The Loners are in charge. The dogma of their restrictive regime is solitude. Partnerships are strictly forbidden. But David falls in love with a woman (Rachel Weisz) – thus breaking the rules. With biting humour, The Lobster tells its story in the form of a dark, sinister fable and won this year’s Jury Prize at Cannes.


Since his film Dogtooth (2009), YORGOS LANTHIMOS (*1973) has been recognized as a powerful, idiosyncratic voice in European genre cinema. The Lobster (2015) was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay and was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG as was his last film The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).



The Lobster

Fiction Feature



Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Netherlands


118 min

OV with German subtitles

Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw

Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey, Yorgos Lanthimos

Thimios Bakatakis

Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Amy Ashworth

Jacqueline Abrahams

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