Wednesday 24 January 2018

The Lobster selected to screen at Sundance Film Festival

Bleak satire: John C Reilly, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw in The Lobster.
Bleak satire: John C Reilly, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw in The Lobster.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Lobster has been selected to screen at the Spotlight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The festival takes place January 21-31 and in its almost 30 year history has screened independent films including Boyhood, Whiplash, Napoleon Dynamite, and Little Miss Sunshine.

The Lobster, written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimons, stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and John C Reilly.

It's an offbeat love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel where they are obliged to find a mate within 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 he joins The Loners and falls in love, even though it is explicitly against their rules.

The Lobster is produced by Irish firm Element Pictures, which previously brought Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, Gerard Barrett's Glassland, and The Guard to Sundance.

Also featuring in the Spotlight section is fellow Irish film Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach.  John Carney's Sing Street will also screen at the festival as will Irish documentary The Land of the Enlightened and Rebecca Daly's Mammal, starring Rachel Griffits and Barry Keoghan.

Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship, based on Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, which was filmed in Ireland earlier this year, will also screen.

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