Festival de Cannes 70: Kynodontas, 2009

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos are almost the definition of original with their mesmerizing screenplay for Kynodontas (Dogtooth). A penetrating, mind-boggling family drama, something you are not prepared for, and unwilling to let go. For me, the movie has aged like a wine I was not entirely sure how to place the first taste, but as time goes by my admiration and awe for the picture grows. Not only that, the film triggers deep curiosities and fears, whether you can fully grasp what they are or not, about adolescence, about parenthood, about the supposed big, bad world. Lanthimos directs with such ownership of the surreal material, it is a miraculous achievement in all its oddball nature. Taking the prize for Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2009, Kynodontas put the Greek filmmaker firmly on the map. He would be a prize-winner again with The Lobster, and once again competes in 2017 with The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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