Lanthimos (Dogtooth) is a pioneer in new Greek cinema. In the absurd Alps, we follow a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her trainer, who approach relatives with a strange proposition: they can be hired as temporary stand-ins for the deceased. The job is not without danger.
They call themselves 'Alps'. Their leader is called Mont Blanc. It’s a mysterious group; the four members - a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her trainer - are not allowed to talk about their activities to non-Alps. In their spare time, they rent themselves out to families in order to fill in for a relative who has recently died. They then act like the lovely daughter, husband or girlfriend and claim that this helps ease the mourning. But it’s very doubtful whether the role-play is really that healthy.
Alps, after all, is a film by Yorgos Lanthimos, maker of the widely praised and award-winning Dogtooth (2009) and a specialist in creating unhealthy, absurd relationships.
With their familiar style filled with wry dialogue spoken completely neutrally, Lanthimos and screenwriter Efthimis Filippou provide even more infamous commentary on Greek society in particular and human shortcomings in general. Everyone is always playing a role - a principle that is taken to extreme in Alps.
Please note: for the screening on Sat 4-2, this film is subtitled in Dutch.
Big Talk: Mon 30, 19:30, before the screening Angeliki Papoulia (actress) and Athina Rachel Tsangari (producer) will be talking to journalist and philosopher Anna Luyten about the film Alps.