Two Greek filmmakers nominated for Oscars
Yorgos Lanthimos’s dystopian drama “The Lobster” was nominated yesterday in the Best Original Screenplay category of the 89th Oscars, making it the second time the 43-year-old filmmaker has a chance of bringing home one of the coveted gold statuettes.
The award-winning filmmaker is joined in the ranks of Oscar hopefuls by another Greek, Daphne Matziaraki, whose “4.1 Miles” was selected for the Best Short Documentary category.
“The Lobster” stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz as two people looking for love in a world where singles are turned into animals if they fail to make a romantic attachment.
This is Lanthimos’s second Oscar nomination after his “Dogtooth” vied for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.
Matziaraki’s portrait of a coast guard grappling with the refugee crisis on the island of Lesvos, meanwhile, won the top prize in the Academy’s “Student Oscars” in Los Angeles in September.