Fri, Apr 20

   9:00 / FSC

Sat, Apr 21

   2:30 / Kabuki

Tue, Apr 24

   6:30 / Kabuki


World Cinema

Greece/France, 2011, 93 min


Yorgos Lanthimos
Athina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Lanthimos
Efthimis Fiippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Christos Voudouris
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Aggeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed, Stavros Psillakis
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Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Sat Apr 21, 2:30; Tue Apr 24, 6:30

Riddle this: What wonderfully weird 2009 film wreaked comedic havoc upon language, drew from uncommon cinematic touchstones such as Teorema and Castle of Purity and capped its richly perverse coming-of-age theme with a scene of crude dental self-surgery? If you answered Dogtooth, you’re looking forward to director Yorgos Lanthimos’s follow-up, and if you didn’t, you have a bizarre surprise in store. With Alps, Lanthimos leaves behind the hermetic mansion-world of his previous film for modern-day urban terrain that is just as deadpan insane. The storyline is a tightwire suspended between the overwrought pathos of Carmina Burana ’s “O Fortuna” and the zany energy of Jean-Jacques Perrey’s “Popcorn,” with two main characters—a nurse and a gymnast—navigating from one dizzyingly high pole to another. Along with a medic and a coach, they’re members of the titular group, a secret society offering unconventional grief counseling: For a fee, they impersonate the recently deceased. Alps is a strict regiment, and both the nurse (Dogtooth’s Aggeliki Papoulia) and the gymnast rebel against sanctions imposed by their male counterparts. But plot is subtext within this movie’s unsettling alternate reality, where tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, car crashes, hospitals and mirrored lamp shops are just a handful of many vivid free-floating signifiers at play.

—Johnny Ray Huston

Co-presented by Greek Film Festival

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Yorgos Lanthimos

“I try to make my films as open as possible,” says Yorgos Lanthimos, “so that people can engage and be active, and really think about them on their own terms.” Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece, where he studied directing for Film and Television at Stavrakos Film School. His first feature, Kinetta (2005), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His next, Dogtooth (2009), won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards. Alps (2011) debuted at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Osella for best screenplay.