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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010 Review: Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

by Kate Erbland, March 16

Writers: Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis

Anyone who follows the film blogging world should be well-acquainted with a few names of online critics that could eloquently be referred to as “luminaries” and affectionately known as “big papas.” Two of these guiding daddies of our world played a big part in my viewing of Greece’s DOGTOOTH. James Rocchi recommended DOGTOOTH to Scott Weinberg. Rocchi recommended it to me. Both loved it. These are recommendations you cannot ignore. The film won the Un Certain Regard Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (which recognizes emerging and special talent at the festival). That’s another recommendation you can’t ignore. Which is all very appropriate – because DOGTOOTH is a film you cannot ignore.
(For the full review, click the post-title link)

This film screened at Cucalorus Film Festival 2009. I was at the festival but missed the screening due to schedule conflicts (you can never see as many as you would like). Everyone I spoke with, including trusted colleagues and friends, that attended the screening couldn't quite describe what they had experienced, but insisted that it was brilliant. It was the talk of the festival. This is a good sign.

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