Greek Drama “Dogtooth” Gets US Distribution

Kino International has signed a distribution deal with MK2 to release Yorgos Lanthimos’ award-winning film Dogtooth (2009) in the United States; Kino is planning to release the film later this year.

“We are excited about introducing Yorgos Lanthimos and Dogtooth to U.S. audiences. It’s a hilarious absurdist statement about the complications of life in the 21st century and it totally deserved its Best Film prize at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) last spring,” says Donald Krim, Kino International’s President.

Besides its top prize from the Un Certain Regard section, Dogtooth came back from this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the Youth Prize. At the recent Sarajevo International Film Festival, Lanthimos received the Special Jury Award, and lead actresses Mary Tsoni and Aggeliki Papoulia were awarded the festival’s Best Actress award.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos studied film and television direction at Stavrakos Film School in Athens. Since 1995, he has directed feature films, theatre plays, and a large number of TV commercials. He was also a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.