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Freaks & Geeks: A Yorgos Lanthimos Showcase by The Projector

By InCinemas  /  02 Jan 2024 (Tuesday)

Kick off 2024 with Freaks & Greeks: A Yorgos Lanthimos Showcase, only at The Projector!

Known for his genre-defying approach to filmmaking and an unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of narrative, the Greek director has carved a distinct niche for himself in the film industry. Through the month of January, experience four of the auteur’s most celebrated works in cinemas again.

Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

Steven (Colin Farrell), an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon is married to Anna (Nicole Kidman), a respected ophthalmologist. They are well off and live a happy and healthy family life with their two children, Kim, 14 (Raffey Cassidy) and Bob, 12 (Sunny Suljic). Steven has formed a friendship with Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless 16 year-old boy whom he has taken under his wing. Things take a sinister turn when Steven introduces Martin to his family, gradually throwing their world into turmoil and forcing Steven to make a shocking sacrifice or run the risk of losing everything.

Released in 2017, Killing Of A Sacred Deer has won 7 awards out of 53 nominations, including Best Screenplay and the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, winning the former.

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The Lobster (2015)

Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. David is kept at the mysterious Hotel while he searches for a new partner, and after several romantic misadventures decides to make a daring escape to abandon this world. He ultimately joins up with a rebel faction known as The Loners, a group founded on a complete rejection of romance. But once there David meets an enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz) who stirs up unexpected and strong feelings within him... 

The Lobster has won 33 awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film also features Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly and Ben Wishaw.

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The Favourite (2018)

Early 18th century Europe. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are trending. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a charming but ambitious new servant, Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, the unsuspecting Sarah places Abigail under her wing- but unbeknownst to her, all Abigail sees is a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

Arguably the auteur's most prolific work to date, The Favourite has garnered 345 award nominations, winning a total of 180. Awards include the film's lead Olivia Colman winning the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and the 2019 BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year.

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Poor Things (2023)

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the tale of the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

Poor Things premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on 1 September 2023 (where it received the Golden Lion) and currently has 40 award wins out of 227 nominations, including Best Picture nominations for the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards. It was named Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards in December.

The film officially opens in cinemas 20 January. Get tickets.
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