Dogtooth and Yorgos Lanthimos win an Oscar nomination!
Huge success for greek cinema! Today "Dogtooth" by Yorgos Lanthimos won a nomination for an Academy Award in the category of Best foreign language film! This is the first nomination for Greece in the last 34 years! "Iphigenia" by Michael Kakoyiannis was the last nomination of Greece in 1978.
So "Dogtooth" will have a chance for an Academy Award. The other candidates in the same category are:
- "Biutiful" by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Mexico,
-"In A Better World" by Susanne Bier for Denmark,
- "Incendies" by Denis Villeneuve for Canada and
- "Outside the Law" by Rachid Bouchareb for Algeria
"Dogtooth" won in Cannes Film festival of 2009 the top "Un Certain Regard" prize. The film also won 5 prizes in the greek cinema academy awards last year(including Best Picture, best direction and best Script). Also had participations and won prizes in many international film festivals around the world (Sarajevo, Stockholm, Montreal, Dublin, etc).
In the last few months Yorgos Lanthimos is on post production for his new film which is named "Alpes". He is also directing for the National Theater in Athens "Platonov" (best known in english as "A Play Without a Title") , the first large scale drama by Anton Chekhov written in 1878.
Congratulations for Greece and Yorgos Lanthimos and "may the force be with him"!
You can see two posts about Greece and its past Oscar nominations and also the participation of greek pictures in two of the most important international film festival of this January, i mean Sundance and Rotterdam. Congrats to everyone and good luck!