Winning the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes, and screening to much acclaim there and elsewhere on the festival circuit so far this year, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is expected to be among the possible contenders during awards season this year.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz lead the unconventional love story, with a blend of comedy, romance, and fantasy. Picturehouse’s distribution arm is releasing the film in the UK and Ireland. And they’ve launched a superb first trailer.
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.
Farrell and Weisz star alongside a great ensemble, led by Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, and Ben Whishaw.
Lanthimos (Dogtooth) co-wrote the script with past collaborator Efthymis Filippou (Alps). And Lanthimos is also producing alongside Ed Guiney (Frank), Lee Magiday (The Guard), and Ceci Dempsey (Bedrooms and Hallways).
The only thing that potentially stands in its way during awards season is its limited release, which in theory could impact the buzz surrounding the film and the voters’ impressions. In the UK, it will be screening at the BFI London Film Festival, which should spark interest among BAFTA voters. In North America, it will play in both Toronto and New York. Alchemy is yet to announce a release date stateside, and as a fairly small label, they might not have the resources to mount a large-scale awards season campaign to beat the competition, unfortunate though that may be.
The Lobster will be released in the UK on October 16th. Its US release date is still to be announced.