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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 08.30.11] Greece movie news cult drama

We covered Dogtooth extensively here on QE, so Yorgos Lanthimos shouldn't be a total mystery name. In fact the Greek director even had his flick nominated for "Best Foreign Fearture" at last year's Academy Awards.

Well Lanthimos is back with a film he promises with be even darker, stranger and funnier (read: f'ed up kind of funny) than Dogtooth. It's called Alps and the first trailer has dropped.

A Nurse, a Paramedic, a Gymnast and her Coach have formed a service for hire. They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends, or colleagues of the deceased. The company is called Alps while their leader, the Paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although the Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the Nurse doesn’t…

Check it out below.

The below list comes from the press kit for the film. Very odd:

Alps members:

* 1. Must declare in advance the things they are unwilling to do by filling out Form (e.g. kissing, lifting weights, travelling etc.)
* 2. Must declare in advance the things they are good at by filling out Form (e.g. dancing, waterskiing, discussing etc.)
* 3. Must have some basic knowledge of psychology and sociology.
* 4. Are obliged to support, under all circumstances, the interests of the Alps group.
* 5. Must respect each other.
* 6. Have the right to change their nickname only twice. They cannot choose a nickname belonging to another Alps member. The nickname must strictly be the name of a mountain in the Alps, and not something general or irrelevant (e.g. Blonde, Master, Dragon etc.)
* 7. Can never talk about Alps activities with non-Alps members.
* 8. Are obliged to take the Gymnastics Club Test, if necessary.
* 9. Must be over 14 years of age.
* 10. Should always be smart, clean, punctual, and in complete control.
* 11. Must never get emotionally involved with clients, or have intimate relations with them.
* 12. Cannot change their physical appearance without the Leader’s permission (e.g. dye hair, lose or gain weight, wear coloured contact lenses etc.)
* 13. Must be able to make convincing facial expressions (sadness, happiness, despair etc.)
* 14. Must honour the title of their membership, and be ready to kill or die for it.
* 15. Must never attack one another, and must believe in teamwork.

Mont Blanc, Leader of the Alps group

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Via: /Film

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Diggler (9 years ago) Reply

Dogtooth is one of the highlight movies I have seen this year. While this is only a very small, and rather vague trailer. It seems this will be just as original and odd as Dogtooth.

Shame I won't get to see it for a couple of years...

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