Dogtooth

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Greece
  • 96 minutes
  • 2009

‘Three indefinitely grounded siblings are stuck in an alternative universe dictated by their parents’ cruel whimsies – think an eternal Big Brother house as designed by Lars von Trier.’

Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Greek filmmaker Christos Stergioglou’s second feature is a revelation. A married couple and their three children live happily in a high standard villa surrounded by a palisade. Only the father can leave the house -the children are manipulated in an alternative reality that keeps them completely isolated from all contact with the outside. A cat is a bloodthirsty predator, Frank Sinatra is the family’s grandfather and sex is just another bodily function in the hilariously grotesque Dogtooth, a surprising tour de force where the fixed shot is an impassive executioner and the banality of its setting creates a mesmerizing and disturbing atmosphere.

Sitges Film Festival Programme

Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni