Archive of films Dogtooth / Kynodontas

2009, 96 min

Section: Young Greek Cinema
Year: 2011

A dysfunctional family cut off from the outside world. The three children have no choice but to abide by the rules their father has imposed. The only person allowed to visit is Christina, to satisfy the son’s sexual urges.


A father (Christos Stergioglou), a mother (Michele Valley), and their three kids live in a house on the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house and the kids have never been outside it. They are being educated, trained, entertained and bored in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes flying overhead are toys and that zombies are small yellow flowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina (Anna Kalaintzidou). She works as a security guard at the father’s business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease his son’s sexual urges. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter (Aggeliki Papoulia). One day Christina gives her a headband that has stones which glow in the dark, and she asks for something in return.... Superbly acted and directed, this minimalistic, stylized social allegory transcends film genre categories.

About the director

Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos (b.1973, Athens) studied film and television direction at Stavrakos Film School in Athens. Since 1995 he has directed shorts (Uranisco Disco, 2001) and feature films, stage plays, videodance, and TV commercials. He was also a member of the creative team put together by Dimitris Papaioannou for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. His first feature film, Kinetta (2005), premiered in the Toronto IFF’s Discovery section. His second feature, Dogtooth (2009), premiered at Cannes, winning the Un Certain Regard Award. It also won Best Film and Best Director from the Hellenic Film Academy in 2010 and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. He is currently working on his next feature film, Alps.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Young Greek Cinema
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Dir. of Photography: Thimios Mpakatakis
Editor: George Mavropsaridis
Producer: Yorgos Tsourgiannis
Production: Boo Productions
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaintzidou
Contact: mk2 Films

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