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THE LOBSTER LEADS 2015 BIFA NOMINATIONS

The Element Pictures produced THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos leads the British Independent Film Awards race with an incredible seven nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. Colin Farrell is nominated as Best Actor and Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw are up for their supporting turns. Created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded filmmaking.

Lenny Abrahamson’s much praised ROOM which Element Pictures also produced is nominated for Best International Independent Film. ROOM is due for release in Ireland on January 16th 2016.

The BIFAs are held on December 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

Speaking on the nominations, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented “’We are so thrilled that THE LOBSTER has been recognised by the BIFAs with 7 nominations; it’s a huge testament to Yorgos and our amazing cast and crew. We are also delighted that ROOM has been nominated as best international film.’

THE LOBSTER is 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.

THE LOBSTER has become a box-office hit, grossing over 1.2 million euro in week three of release in Ireland and the UK.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board and qualifies as a British film for the BIFAS by virtue of the fact that it is an official European co-production, including the UK.”

THE LOBSTER PROVES A HIT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

THE LOBSTER takes over 1 Million at Box-Office

With a remarkably small 2% drop week on week, Element Pictures production THE LOBSTER will surpass the €1 million mark in its second week of release, which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film. Opening to rave reviews THE LOBSTER, released as a joint venture by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland and Picturehouse in the UK has now expanded to over 80 sites across Ireland & the UK as audiences embrace this art-house hit.

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous best across Ireland & the UK was Dogtooth which grossed €208,000 over its entire theatrical run.

The LOBSTER’s stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley is expected to continue its fantastic run when it’s released in France this week on 126 prints where its Cannes Jury prize win will surely boost the films performance.

Speaking on the success, Element Pictures Distribution’s Andrew Lowe commented “We are really pleased with the response of audiences in Ireland and the UK to THE LOBSTER, whose positive word of mouth has helped propel it into an independent hit. Element Pictures Distribution have worked closely with our partners in the UK, Picturehouse, to launch the film into a very competitive market on the back of THE LOBSTER’s success in Cannes, and we are delighted to see UK and Irish audiences share the Cannes jury’s enthusiasm for the film.”

THE LOBSTER is 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.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOSBTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

ELEMENT PICTURES ANNOUNCE THAT YORGOS LANTHIMOS’ THE LOBSTER WILL SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT THIS YEAR’S CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 

Element Pictures are delighted to announce that THE LOBSTER will have its world premiere at this year’s 68th Cannes Film Festival, screening in the prestigious official competition.
THE LOBSTER is the highly anticipated English language debut of internationally acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, who thrilled and shocked audiences worldwide with DOGTOOTH (2009) and ALPS (2011).

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, THE LOBSTER is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death.

The film was shot at Parknasilla in Co Kerry in Spring 2014 and produced by Irish company Element Pictures who will also distribute in Ireland later this year.

Speaking on the announcement, producer Ed Guiney said ‘Yorgos is one of the most visionary film-makers working today and THE LOBSTER is a profoundly moving, brilliantly funny and disturbing meditation on modern love. Cannes competition is the perfect place to launch this film.’

This is Element Picture’s seventh film in official selection at Cannes in recent years; in 2006 Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme d’Or, in 2007 Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE won the CICAE Prize at Directors’ Fortnight, Alicia Duffy’s ALL GOOD CHILDREN was also selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the festival in 2010, followed by Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE in 2011.
Last Year, Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL also received its world premiere at the festival.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender. The film was developed by Element and Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Film4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, Eurimages, the Netherlands Film Fund, Greek Film Centre and BFI present in association with Protagonist Pictures, with the participation of CANAL+, CINE+ and Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International, Institut Français an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

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