A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.


Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece.

He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays.

Kinetta, his first feature film, played at Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals to critical acclaim.

His second feature Dogtooth, won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.

Alps won the Golden Osella for Best Original Screenplay at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and was named Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012.

The Lobster is Lanthimos’ first English language film, co-written with his long-time collaborator, award-winning writer Efthimis Filippou. It was produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Lanthimos.

The Lobster was shot entirely on location at the Parknasilla Hotel and Resort in County Kerry on Ireland’s South West coast and is Lanthimos’ first major project shot outside of his home country, with an international cast and crew.




DavidColin Farrell
Short Sighted WomanRachel Weisz
Nosebleed WomanJessica Barden
Hotel ManagerOlivia Colman
Biscuit WomanAshley Jensen
The MaidAriane Labed
Heartless WomanAngeliki Papoulia
Lisping ManJohn C. Reilly
Loner LeaderLéa Seydoux
Lone SwimmerMichael Smiley
The Limping ManBen Whishaw


DirectorYorgos Lanthimos
Writers Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
ProducersEd Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey, Yorgos Lanthimos
Executive ProducersAndrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Sam Lavender
Co-ProducersChristos V. Konstantakopoulos, Leontine Petit, Carole Scotta, Joost de Vries, Derk-Jan Warrink
Director of PhotographyThimios Bakatakis
EditorYorgos Mavropsaridis
CastingJina Jay
Line ProducerCáit Collins
Sound DesignerJohnnie Burn
Production DesignJacqueline Abrahams
Costume DesignSarah Blenkinsop
Hair DesignerEileen Buggy
Make-Up DesignerSharon Doyle
Production Element Pictures
Co-ProductionScarlet Films, Faliro House, Lemming Film, Haut et Court
with the support of Irish Film Board, Greek Film Center, Film4, BFI, Eurimages