The story is focused on three teenagers who are confined to their parents’ isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a “telephone,” an armchair is “the sea”). However, their routine changes when a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, offers forbidden VHS tapes in return for sexual favors – unleashing an unexpected chain of events.
Hristos Passalis as Son
Born in Athens in 1973, director Yorgos Lanthimos studied film and television direction at Stavrakos Film School. Since 1995, he has directed numerous short films (including 2001’s
Uranisco Disco), experimental theater, music videos and commercials; his first feature film was 2005’s internationally-acclaimed Kinetta
This is only the 5th time that a Greek film has been nominated for an Academy Award®. The last nomination was in 1977, for Michael Caycoyannis’ Iphigenia.
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Special Jury Award.
Best Film Award.