Kinetta + Alps
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. 2005, 95 mins. Digital projection. In Greek with English subtitles. With Aris Servetalis, Evangelia Randou, Costas Xikominos. The first feature of celebrated international auteur Yorgos Lanthimos takes place in a desolate Greek resort town where three tenuously connected people are motivated by mysterious impulses. A plain-clothes cop pursues triple passions for cars, tape recorders and Russian women; a lonely, lovesick clerk works as a part-time photographer; and a hotel maid aspires to be an actress through unconventional methods. Never before released in the United States, this darkly comic and insinuatingly hypnotic film comprises the extraordinary debut from Lanthimos, whose first three films (Kinetta, Dogtooth, Alps) defined the Greek New Wave before he shifted to English language films, including Academy Award nominees The Lobster and The Favourite. A Kino Lorber release.
Followed by Alps
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. 2011, 93 mins. In Greek with English subtitles.With Angeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed. In Lanthimos’s stunningly original follow-up to Dogtooth, a hospital nurse calling herself Monte Rosa (Papoulia) runs point for a secret society known as the Alps. For a fee, the eccentric members of this collective act as surrogates of the dead, blankly inhabiting the roles of deceased persons on behalf of bereaved clients seeking comfort and reconciliation. A characteristically absurd, mysterious, and moving work from Lanthimos that limns the border between grief, attachment, and role play.
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