It may have won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but don’t go confusing The Lobster with some kind of stuffy French-award-winner. The latest from delightfully subversive director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), it stars Colin Farrell—in a role that looks decidedly and happily more In Bruges than True Detective—as a lonely fellow sent to a resort where single people are required to find a mate in 45 days, or else they’re turned into animals. And Rachel Weisz co-stars, as if I didn’t already want to see it enough.
It’s an wonderfully strange premise for what looks like a wonderfully strange movie—thanks to a wonderfully strange trailer, so odd and fast-paced and bursting with marketing non-sequiturs that it almost feels like a commentary on how drab and boring even trailers for art movies tend to be.
Here’s that trailer:
The Lobster plays the New York Film Festival later this month and opens in the U.K. and Ireland on October 16 (or as those weirdos write it, 16 October). Alchemy has acquired the film for U.S. distribution, but has not yet set a release date.