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The Lobster (15)
Ireland, UK, Greece, France, The Netherlands, 2015, 118 mins. Dir. Yargos Lanthimos
Screened in Competition at Cannes 2015 where it won the Jury Prize, The Lobster is the English-language debut of director Yorgos Lanthimos, known chiefly for his astonishing Dogtooth (2009) which kickstarted the Greek ‘weird wave’.
With an eclectic ensemble cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw, The Lobster depicts a dystopian near future where single people, according to bizarre new rules, are sent to a hotel where they are obliged to find a romantic partner amongst the other ‘guests’ within 45 days, or face being transformed into an animal and released into the surrounding woods.
Similar to Dogtooth in its dark, absurdist humour and its study of a rigidly constructed, dysfunctional and ultimately alienating world that offers a provocative mirror to our own, The Lobster is a surreal, hilarious and brilliantly entertaining satire that recalls British comedies like Black Mirror and Brass Eye.
The film will be preceded by a screening of Beltcraft Studios, a short video artwork by Ruaidhri Ryan, winner of the Exeter Contemporary Open 2015: Artists Moving Image Award.
Mon 14 Dec: 7.30pm [SOLD OUT]
Thu 17 Dec: 7.30pm