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Alps

Alpeis
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Graikija, France, Drama, 2011, 93 min, greek with english and lithuanian subtitles, T
A nurse (Aggeliki Papoulia), a paramedic (Aris Servetalis), a gymnast (Ariane Labed) and her coach (Johnny Vekris) have formed a service for hire. They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased. They become client‘s dead husband or daughter, live in their homes and replay precious moments whenever the client chooses. The company is called “Alps”. Their leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although “Alps” members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not. Full of word games and puzzles, Yorgos Lanthimos‘ film “Alps” is a unique, strange, almost absurd story about the roles people play in their lives.
 
Awards:
 
2011 – Golden Osella Award for Best Screenplay at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy).
2012 – Official Competition prize at the Sydney Film Festival (Australia).
2012 – Special Mention of The Jury for actress Ariane Labed at the Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria).
 
About the director:
 
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in 1973 in Athens (Greece), where he studied directing for film and television. Since 1995, he has directed a series of videos for dance-theatre companies, television commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. In 2011, he staged Anton Chekhov's “Platonov” at the Greek National Theatre. His first film “Kinetta” (2005) screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals to critical acclaim. His second feature “Dogtooth” (Kynοdontas, 2009) won the “Un Certain Regard” prize at the Cannes International Film Festival (France), followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards (USA). Lanthimos‘ latest feature “Alps” is praised by critics all over the world. The film won several awards and was nominated for Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy).
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

Dir. of Photography: Christos Voudouris

Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed