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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 6, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    ‘Dogtooth’ director comes to town

    Laurence Mackin

    Those of you with decent foreign film memories will recall Dogtooth, a bizarre Greek offering that saw a group of children being homeschooled via tape-recorded messages in a sprawling estate – and the children in question were well into their 20s.

    Slick and subtle, it screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2010 and got its director, Yorgos Lanthimos, a best director award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle. The film scooped the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes and was also nominated for an Oscar in 2011.

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    Now Yorgos Lanthimos is back with Alps, an equally perplexing proposition in which a group of people impersonate the dead to somehow help their relatives. Ahead of its release, the Light House Cinema is having an advance screening of the film tomorrow (Wednesday) night, which will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Slinging the questions will be Mark O’Halloran. A neat opportunity, then, to get to grips with one of cinema’s more outré directors.

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