Dogtooth (image 1)

Intelligently witty, provocative, hilariously inventive, bitingly bitter.

Joseph Proimakis, Cineuropa

Dogtooth 2009

Kynodontas

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

In this ferocious satire of insane, for-your-own-good Dad-power three 20-something ‘kids’ have been grounded their entire lives. “Intelligently witty, provocative, hilariously inventive, bitingly bitter.” — Cineuropa

Session dates and venues to be announced
Greece In Greek with English subtitles
96 minutes 35mm / CinemaScope
R18
violence & sex scenes

Director

Producer

Yorgos Tsourgiannis

Screenplay

Yorgos Lanthimos
,
Efthimis Filippou

Photography

Thimios Bakatakis

Editor

Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Art director, Costume designer

Elli Papageorgakopoulou

Sound

Leandros Ntounis

With

Christos Stergioglou (father)
,
Michele Valley (mother)
,
Aggeliki Papoulia (older daughter)
,
Christos Passalis (son)
,
Mary Tsoni (younger daughter)
,
Anna Kalaitzidou (Christina)

Festivals

Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2009

Awards

Un Certain Regard Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2009

Elsewhere

This ferocious and funny depiction of insane, for-your-own-good Dad-power was the first Greek film to make official selection at Cannes in a decade, and the first to make it on to our programme in just as long. In a secluded, fenced-in country house, three 20-something ‘kids’ have spent their lives permanently grounded by their obsessively controlling parents. Even words that refer to the world outside have been reshaped by Dad to eliminate any hint of an alternative to domestic bliss. Ingeniously stylised in direction and performance, this incisive incitement to rebellion takes place in a strangely credible universe as vividly imagined as any on show this year. — BG

“Blackly funny and lightly horrific, Dogtooth keeps you enthralled with the sheer brutal lunacy of the parents' behaviour, which gradually and brilliantly tips over from the hilarious to the bizarre to the shocking to the sickening. Great stuff.” — Matt Bochenski, LittleWhiteLies