Absurdist tragicomedies with frightening relevance.
Born 1973 in Athens. Lanthimos was educated as a film and TV director, and has since worked with both experimental theatre projects, music videos, advertising and short films, before he co-directed 'My Best Friend' with Lakis Lazopoulus in 2001. He has since solo-directed three feature films, all of which can be seen here at PIX 2012.
That Greek film has made its mark on the international festival scene, the last couple of years, with a singularly phenomenal originality is, to no small extent, due to Yorgos Lanthimos. Together with Athina Rachel Tsangari ('Attenberg', 2010), he has explored new directions at a critical time, not only for film art, but also for an ailing Greece. Lanthimos is highly engaged in crises, and how modern people relate to them. The majorative dependencies on involuntary habits and ritualistic behavior which, with ever increasing absurdity, threaten to disengage or deflate all sense and meaning around them, as can be seen in the Oscar-nominated cult hit, 'Dogtooth', or his latest, 'Alps'. Somewhat disquieting however, is that a common defining theme for Lanthimos and his Greek colleagues, is an atavistic return to an almost animalistic universe, beneath the highly polished fernis of civilization. A director of his time, you could say. We are proud to be able to present Lanthimos' breathtaking debut, 'Kinetta', which has only been screened a handful of times, since its premiere in 2005.