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THE LOBSTER RECEIVES ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATION FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Element Pictures’ production THE LOBSTER receives an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This Academy Award® nomination follows from last month’s Golden Globe® nomination for THE LOBSTER’S lead actor Colin Farrell.

Speaking on the nomination, Element Pictures’ producer Ed Guiney commented: “We are so pleased that Yorgos and Efthimis’ amazing and hugely original script has been recognised by the academy. It’s an incredible achievement and we congratulate them and all of The Lobster team.”

This is the second year in a row for Element Pictures to be included in the Oscars, following the huge success story of ROOM last year. ROOM was nominated for four Academy Awards®, with Brie Larson taking home the award for Best Actress for her starring role in the film.

THE LOBSTER has been a huge hit since it won the Jury Prize in Cannes and went on to wow audiences across the world, grossing over €2 million in the UK/Irish box-office and taking almost $10 million in the US, an incredible feat for an independent film. The LOBSTER features a stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley. THE LOBSTER is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippo, produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

Colin Farrell, Yorgos Lanthimos and Element Pictures re-united last summer for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, which was shot in Cincinnati.  Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character. And the team (along with Scarlet Films) re-unite again this spring for THE FAVOURITE starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. Element Pictures are also currently in production with Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, which is currently shooting in London and stars Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola.

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.

The 89th Academy Awards® ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honour the best films of 2016 and will take place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

THE LOBSTER breaks the £1m barrier at UK and Irish box offices

 

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Landmark total comes hot on the heels of critical acclaim after leading the way with seven nominations at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards and five nominations at the 2015 European Film Awards

 

Monday 9 November 2015: THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed English language debut and 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, can now also boast of commercial success after the film passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office on Saturday 7th November.

The film, an unconventional love story starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, was released by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution on 16 October and has delighted UK and Irish cinemagoers ever since, proving to be the sure fire independent alternative to the box office blockbusters of the season.

The story takes place 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.

Commenting on the milestone, Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Entertainment said: “The Lobster has certainly been an exciting film to distribute, and the team, along with our partners Element Pictures Distribution, have had a lot of fun. It is great to see audiences turning out in large numbers for such intelligent and original filmmaking. We are thrilled for director Yorgos Lanthimos whose first English language production has been so well received, clearly resonating with audiences during what is an extremely busy time at the UK Box Office.”

Andrew Lowe, director and co-founder of Element Pictures Distribution commented “Having initiated The Lobster as a project in development and seen it though to its triumph in Cannes, all the team at Element Pictures are thrilled to find that UK and Irish audiences have embraced The Lobster with the same enthusiasm and love that we have for the film.  Our distribution team have worked very closely with our friends at Picturehouse Entertainment and we are very proud of the work and results of that brilliant partnership.”

The film has also performed beyond expectations in all other international territories that have opened to date; Australia (Sony), Belgium (Imagine Films), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Italy (Good Films), The Netherlands (De Filmfreak), and South Korea (Contents Gate). The film is due to open in further territories across the world in the coming months.

This success in the UK and Ireland comes soon after the filmmakers celebrated leading the nomination count for the 2015 British Independent Film Awards this year, with seven in total.

These included nominations for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Lanthimos, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. The film also scored a Best Actor nomination for Farrell and supporting actor nominations for both Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. The winners will be announced on the 6 December at a star-studded ceremony in London.

THE LOBSTER also counts amongst the most nominated films at the upcoming European Film Awards.  It is nominated for European Film, European Director, European Actor for Colin Farrell, European Screenwriter for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and Sarah Blenkinsop has already been awarded European Costume Designer.  The awards will take place in Berlin on 12 December.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board.

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.