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Alps 15

Screened in partnership with Cinema Rising
Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, Canada, France, USA, 2011, 94m.

This screening is presented by Cinema Rising.

Back in 2009, Yorgos Lanthimos’s provocative chamber piece Dogtooth become something of a cause célèbre, setting the director on a path of escalating international acclaim. Now, off the back of easily his biggest project to date (the star-studded, hyper-stylised Poor Things) his latest film, the absurdist anthology Kinds of Kindess sees the Greek director operate in a register closer to that of his earlier work. With this in mind, we take a look at the film that sits between Dogtooth and the English language work that has cemented Lanthimos as a bona fide star: 2011’s Alps.

Alps follows a company of performers who impersonate the recently deceased, supposedly to aid the grieving process for the bereaved. Significantly stripped back compared to the excesses of his recent output, Alps is a pitch-black comedy exploring the rituals surrounding mourning and human connection.

Hannah Strong is the Digital Editor at Little White Lies magazine and a film critic with bylines at GQ, Vulture, and i-D. Her first book, a monograph on the works of Sofia Coppola, was published in 2022 by Abrams New York. She is currently working on her second book.

Angeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed

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