Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. The drama stars Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, and Christos Passalis.
Won the "Un Certain Regard prize" at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2011.
It is a film about the essential strangeness
of something society insists is the benchmark of normality:
the family, a walled city state with its own autocratic rule and untellable secrets.
The New York Times
He 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 "Un Certain Regard prize" at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2011. Alps won the "Osella for best screenplay" at the 2011 Venice film festival and Best Film at the Sydney film festival in 2012. His first English language film The Lobster will be presented in Competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Produced by Iraklis Mavroidis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Tsourianis
Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Christos Passalis
Cinematography: Thimios Bakatatakis
Edited by: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Production company: Boo Productions
Distributed by: Feelgood Entertainment
Release dates 18 May 2009 (Cannes), 11 November 2009 (Greece)
Running time: 97 minutes