A Nurse, an Ambulance Driver, a Gymnast, and a Coach have formed a dead persons' substitute company called "Alps". They are a company for hire, playacting deceased persons in their daily routines, for the benefit of their grieving relatives, friends, and colleagues.

The range and variety of their roles is quite wide, although they don't just take any offers. The substitutes have to identify with the substituted dead persons and be inspired by their past lives. The roles are researched, rehearsed, and performed in minute detail.

The company operates illegally, under a scrupulous discipline regime demanded by their leader, the Ambulance Driver. He has reserved for him alone, as his code name, the name of Alps' great pinnacle, the Mont Blanc.


Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, where he studied direction 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 Checkov's Platonov at the Greek National Theatre.

His first film KINETTA (2005) screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festvials to critical acclaim. His sophomore feature KYNODONTAS (Dogtooth) won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards.




NurseAggeliki Papoulia
ParamedicAris Servetalis
CoachJohnny Vekris
GymnastAriane Labed
Nurse's fatherStavros Psillakis
Lighting shop ownerEfthymis Filippou
Blind ladyEftihia Stefanidou
Friend of nurse's fatherCostantina Papoulia
Tennis player's fatherSotiris Papastamatiou
Tennis player's motherTina Papanikolaou
Tennis player's boyfriendNikos Galgadas
Tennis playerMaria Kirozi
50-year-old manFotis Zahos


DirectorYorgos Lanthimos
WritersYorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
ProducersAthina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Lanthimos
Director of PhotographyChristos Voudouris
EditorYorgos Mavropsaridis
SoundLeandros Ntounis
Production DesignerAnna Georgiadou
Costume DesignersThanos Papastergiou, Vasileia Rozana
Head of ProductionMaria Hatzakou
Line ProducerKostas Kefalas
Assistant DirectorKostas Papadakis
ProductionHaos Films
Co-productionERT, Faliro House Productions, Marni Films, Avion Films, Maharaja Films
Co-producersChristos Voudouris, Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos, Johnny Vekris, Aggeliki Papoulia, Maria Hatzakou, Matt Johnson, Thanos Papastrergiou
with the support ofGreek Film Centre, Media Programme of the European Union
PremiereOctober 27, 2011 – Athens, Greece