Saturday, September 03, 2011

ALPS (ΑΛΠΕΙΣ): Venice Film Festival 2011

3.9.11 update
s_dany posted:

ALPS first film clip (exclusive!;-)

At last an actual film clip!

But what's the deal in this scene with nurse Aggeliki Papoulia, a person on a hospital bed and a tennis racket+ball? ;-D

Some of the reviews after the first (industry) screening last night in Venice revealed quite a lot details regarding Lanthimos' film plot. If you check the one on Screen Daily in particular you will fully understand what's going on. But enter at own risk, there are quite a few spoilers!


18.8.11 update
s_dany posted:

[writing in English 'cause this is a world exclusive! ;-D]

AUEB Film Club is proud to present the "Alps" press notes for the Venice film festival, stuffed with all kinds of bizarre artwork, the "15 Rules of the Alps" and the "We are the Alps" poem [song?]!

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Let's take a closer look!


A compilation of stills from Lanthimos' film combined in all sorts of ways both with one another and with other scetches, drawings of flowers, a photo of the [actual!] Alps, a "scull portrait"... And all of this in quite saturated black & white!
I wouldn't call it a family photo album. It looks to me like a strange home made scrap-book, something like the "SEVEN's John Doe raised by DOGTOOTH's family" scrap-book! ;-DDD


Remember the eight "Rules of the Fight Club"?
Well, in "Alps" we have fifteen of them! :-D

They lay out the requirements a person must meet to become a member of the Alps (age, physical condition, social skills etc) and the guidelines for behaving within the group, either practical (must take up an Alps mountain nickname, cannot change physical appearance without permission, should be clean, punctual etc) or ethical (respect each other, support group interests, not get emotionally involved with clients).

Of course there is a "you do not talk about" rule:
7. Can never talk about Alps activities with non-Alps members.
(occupying only one spot in Alps rules! ;-)

But there is also a fundamental difference with "Fight Club":
15. Must never attack one another...

And that brings us to the rule which for me stands out of the rest for "Alps" members:
14. Must honour the title of their membership, and be ready to kill or die for it [!!]

No need for sadness
No need for pain
We'll be there, there, there
No more unhappiness
Grieve no more

We are the Alps
Oh yeah, we are the Alps

Sound like a jingle you would hear in a cheesy TV commercial [Lanthimos has had a long and very successful career in directing TV ads]. Maybe we will hear it in a scene like the brother-playing-guitar-and-sisters-dancing scene in "Dogtooth"? Of ourse it can be creepy, but to me it is leaning more to "funny" or "grotesque". It sure gives something of a lighter tone to the darkness of the film artwork.

So there you have it!
We are less than two weeks away from the beginning of the Venice film festival. Hopefully we'll have an "Alps" poster and a teaser trailer till then. There is premise for some great films in Bienale, having many outstanding directors competing for the Golden Lion. And Lanthimos with "Alps" sure is one of them! I can't wait! :-)


s_dany posted:

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"Όταν το τέλος είναι κοντά, οι Άλπεις είναι εδώ."

Μόλις πέτυχα αυτές τις δύο νέες φωτογραφίες [μέσω του] από τις "Άλπεις" του Γιώργου Λάνθιμου, 25 μέρες πριν το κόκκινο χαλί της Βενετίας [31/8-10/9] όπου με πρόεδρο της επιτροπής τον Aronofsky θα έχει να συναγωνισθεί στο διαγωνιστικό τις νέες ταινίες των: Roman Polanski, Tomas Alfredson, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, Abel Ferrara, George Clooney, Marjane Satrapi - Vincent Paronnaud, Todd Solondz, Steve McQueen, Aleksander Sokurov, William Friedkin, Philippe Garrel και πολλών άλλων! [για ολόκληρη τη λίστα τσέκαρε /film].
This is what I call competition! Can't wait! ;-)

Και η πρώτη φωτογραφία που είχαμε δει πριν μερικές μέρες [via Flix]

Η σύνοψη της ταινίας:

"Μια νοσοκόμα [Αγγελική Παπούλια], ένας τραυματιοφορέας [Άρης Σερβετάλης], μια αθλήτρια ρυθμικής γυμναστικής [Ariane Labed] και ο προπονητής της [Τζόνι Βεκρής] έχουν δημιουργήσει μια ομάδα. Αντικαθιστούν νεκρούς ανθρώπους. Προσλαμβάνονται από τους φίλους και τους συγγενείς των νεκρών. Η ομάδα ονομάζεται Άλπεις και ο αρχηγός της, ο τραυματιοφορέας, ονομάζεται Mont Blanc. Τα μέλη της ομάδας είναι υποχρεωμένα να λειτουργούν σύφωνα με κάποιους κανόνες που έχει ορίσει ο αρχηγός. Η νοσοκόμα δεν υπακούει αυτούς τους κανόνες."

Στις ελληνικές αίθουσες θα κάνει... παρέλαση [27 Οκτωβρίου! :-D] σε διανομή Feelgood.

Μιας και δε βλέπω καποιο επίσημο site ή facebook page για την ταινία [γιατί βρε παιδιά? :-S], πάρε εδώ τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά και credits:

Διάρκεια: 93΄
Format: 35mm, 2.35:1, Έγχρωμο
Ήχος: Dolby Digital
Χώρα & Έτος Παραγωγής: Ελλάδα, 2011

Σενάριο: Ευθύμης Φιλίππου, Γιώργος Λάνθιμος
Σκηνοθεσία: Γιώργος Λάνθιμος
Παραγωγοί: Αθηνά Τσαγγάρη, Γιώργος Λάνθιμος
Head of Production: Μαρία Χατζάκου / HAOS FILM
Διευθυντής Φωτογραφίας: Χρήστος Βουδούρης
Ήχος: Λέανδρος Ντούνης
Σκηνικά: Άννα Γεωργίαδου
Κοστούμια: Θάνος Παπαστεργίου, Βασιλεία Ροζάνα
Μοντάζ: Γιώργος Μαυροψαρίδης
Line Producer: Κώστας Κεφάλας
A΄ Βοηθός Σκηνοθέτη: Κώστας Παπαδάκης
Εταιρία Παραγωγής: HAOS FILM
Σε συμπαραγωγή: Faliro House Productions, Feelgood Entertainment, Marni Films, Avion Films, Χρήστο Βουδούρη , Maharaja Films, Αντρέα Ζουπάνο-Κρητικό, Τζόννυ Βεκρή Αγγελική Παπούλια, Μαρία Χατζάκου, Matt Johnson, Θάνο Παπαστεργίου

Έχουμε γράψει αρκετά πραγματάκια για την ταινία στο facebook, κάποια στιγμή πρέπει να τα μεταφέρω και εδώ :-)


  1. Χθες ανακοινώθηκε οτι οι "Άλπεις" αμέσως μετά τη Βενετία θα περάσουν και από το φεστιβάλ του Toronto [8-18/9/2011] στο τμήμα "Visions". 

  2. Είναι τόσο καλοσχεδιασμένο το press book των "Άλπεων" για τη Βενετία, τόσο ενδιαφέροντα αυτά που αποκαλύπτει σε σχέση με τα λίγα που ξέραμε μέχρι τώρα και τόσο μεγάλο το ενδιαφέρον για τη νέα ταινία του Λάνθιμου μετά την απρόσμενη επιτυχία του "Κυνόδοντα",  που ήταν επόμενο οτι θα έφτανε στα μεγάλα κινημ/φικά site του εξωτερικού [ξεκινώντας από εμάς, για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε! :-D]. Τσέκαρε τί έγραψε το "Playlist" του indieWIRE: ..."Greek film blog AUEB Film Club has revealed what folks can expect to be flipping through and as you might have guessed, it’s pretty enigmatic and intriguing."...
    ..."For the most part, press notes for a film are usually a dull affair. A bunch of stapled pages with rehearsed quotes from everyone involved, a synopsis and maybe a few images from the flick. They are a handy tool, but ask anyone who comes back from TIFF or Cannes, almost 90% will end up in the recycling bin. However, every now and then there will be something that will you will want to hang on to. Last year’s hardback book for “Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives” was a standout, but even something with striking imagery or a memorable presentation will be enough for us to file it away. Which brings us to “Dogtooth” directorYorgos Lanthimos’ new film “Alps.” With a premiere in Venice and TIFF just around the corner, attendees will once again be overloaded with marketing material for the films hitting the Lido but they may want to hang on to the pages for “Alps.”"...
    ..."Ranging from logical to amusing to creepy, if anything they confirm that Lanthimos wasn’t kidding around when he said this next effort will push things a bit further than “Dogtooth” did. "...[corresponding facebook link:]

  3. Αυτό που δεν περίμενα είναι οτι τα press notes θα ταξίδευαν (μαζί μ' εμάς ;-) μέχρι... την Κίνα! :-D 
    Και μάλιστα σε κινεζικό site που δεν ασχολείται αποκλειστικά με το σινεμά, αλλά γενικότερα με την pop κουλτούρα, το design, τη φωτογραφία κλπ. 
    "Alps" hype does China! :-D 
    Αγγλική μετάφραση: 

    Ε, και αν το να βλέπεις link για AUEB Film Club με κόκκινα κινέζικα ιδεογράμματα δεν είναι cult, τότε δεν ξέρω τί είναι! :-P

  4. i saw this at Toronto last week. it was in my top 5 movies at the festival. the gymnasts Prince impersonation was hilarious as is the tennis scene in the hospital.

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