Yesterday, the Greek film Dogtooth directed by Yorgos Lanthimos was officially nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Films. The film has widely praised since its first presentation in 2009 and has gained very complementary reviews all over the world.
Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and zombies are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina enlists the elder daughter for some girl-on-girl action, carelessly disturbing the domestic balance. Soon enough, sex has spread throughout the household like fire.
In 2009, the film gained the prize Un Certain Regard in the Cannes Film Festival. This Oscar nomination comes as a huge achievement in the history of the Greek cinema as the last Greek film that was nominated was Iphigenia in 1977 directed by Michael Cacoyannis. The other films nominated for best foreign language films are: Biutiful (Mexico), In a Better World (Denmark), Incendies (Canada) and Outside the Law (Algeria).
Watch the official trailer ofDogtooth