Tag Archives: dogtooth

Best weird Greek New Wave Cinema (10+1list)

Best weird Greek New Wave Cinema 

written by Souranath Banerjee

Best weird Greek New Wave Cinema – Probably the most intriguing moment for a film enthusiast is to notice a certain mutation in the movies produced from a lobster-posterparticular country over a specific period of years. And then, be able to link that unique transformation of cinema with the contemporary social and economic scenario of this nation!

Greece has always been a country of great cinematic heritage, home-ground of master filmmakers like Costa-Gavras and Theodoros Angelopoulos

But recently, say over the past five-six years, the Greek movies which are interesting enough to grab the attention of the international festivals are not only very unusual (both in form and content) but also pretty dark, often highly sexually explicit and abusive, and above all exceptionally weird!  

attenberg-poster2Keeping in mind that Cinema has always been the true reflection of a  country and it’s socio-economic scenario, and Greece obviously still reeling from a recent global financial crisis, i have no doubt that these weird yet unapologetic, low budget yet highly artistic movies are directly mirroring the awkward uneasiness of a post-recession society.

But then again, most of these Greek films are a great insight to human psychology, and it is no surprise that the contemporary avant-garde style of the alternative Greek New Wave is having such a shocking effect on the global audience!

As some call it the Greek Weird Wave, here is a list of films that contains the Best weird Greek New Wave Cinema.

Enjoy! 

10. Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2012)

To agori troei to fagito tou pouliou (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mdrg7jGZKY

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaA boy who has a bird as his beloved pet, all caged up. But other than that, he has no company; neither he has any money/job nor any food to eat.

Directed by Ektoras Lygizos, this film depicts three days in the life of this lonely boy; how he manages to survive and more importantly how he desperately tries to feed his pet canary and keep it safe.    

9. Wasted Youth (2011)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdAN7MMU4gU

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaDirected by Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, this is the story of a teenage boy and a middle-aged cop and how their lives get intwined by the end of the film. 

The film simply mirrors the life of the general day to day life of the young crowd of Athens through the aimlessness of a young boy and the overall frustration of the low income middle aged men through the cop character.

8. Knifer (2010)

Macherovgaltis (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ4EA97XNhY

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaA man comes to the city and takes up a new job to guard the dogs at his Uncle’s place. But then the relationships start changing and things get difficult as he gets too close to his Uncle’s wife!

Directed by Yannis Economides, this is a visually stylized film made in black and white, a great drama that feeds on injustice; somehow it relates with the current socio-political scenario of the country.  

7Alps (2011)

Alpeis (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i2xl_vo88w

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaAn unique business conceived by a group of people who is ready to impersonate a recently deceased person for the benefit of their loved ones (their clients), basically to help them go through the grieving process with ease.

As odd and weird the concept may seem like, this is one intriguing film directed by none other than Yorgos Lanthimos (of the recent The Lobster fame). 

6. A Woman’s Way (2009)

Strella (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNP6IeO8cDw

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaDirected by Panos H. Koutras, probably the weirdest in the list.

A man released from prison have sex with a young transsexual prostitute and they soon fall in love, only to find out later that they are related to each other in more ways than just lovers!

Brilliant performances and great cinematography that makes this weird film work.

5. What If… (2012)

An… (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbCFqWL_YuQ

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaA simple choice made by a man leads him to his love of life! Now what if he didn’t make that choice?

Directed by Christopher Papakaliatis, this unique film shows both sides of the man’s life (if he made that choice or not) and how much his life alters because of it. 

Most importantly the film also comments on the impact of a severe economic crisis and it’s effects on the people of the country.

4. The Enemy Within (2013)

O ehthros mou (original title)

 Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4lTTQu0LYE

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaA sudden act of violence from some unknown intruders disrupts the peace of a family and now it is up to the man of the house to bring back things into proper perspective. But how?

Directed by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, this is one terrific film that deals with the social instability of Greece and also touches the sensitive subject of immigrants and refugees and their effects on the country.

3. Miss Violence (2013)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dFFN0igjJY

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaAn eleven year old girl jumps off her balcony on the day of her birthday, she dies with a smile on her face!

Apparently a case of suicide and the family insists it to be one but as the investigation proceeds some dreadful facts comes to surface.

Directed by Alexandros Avranas, an insanely weird family drama.

2. Attenberg (2010)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2582qyfXOSs

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaDirected by Athina Rachel Tsangari, this is the strange story of a girl who at one side deals with her father’s illness and on the other tries to learn to become more affectionate to other human beings (physically as well).

Awkward yet direct, shy yet explicit, uniquely distant yet deeply bounded with love – and obviously weird. A film that will be with you for a long time but not entirely for the right reasons.

  1. Dogtooth (2009)

Kynodontas (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFtDzK64-pk

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaLocked up, overprotected and completely unaware of the outside world, three teenagers are being brought up by their authoritative parents in an isolated house, where incest and violence is a natural day to day affair!

Yorgos Lanthimos creates this uniquely disoriented world where even the regular vocabulary looses it’s sense.

and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most effective one. A must watch)

+1. Worlds Apart (2015)

Enas Allos Kosmos (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Czt-FCxp4I

Weird-Greek-New-Wave-CinemaDirected by Christopher Papakaliatis, this is a film that tells us three different stories, each one is about a love affair between a Greek and a foreigner, and how these stories entangle themselves into one by the end of the film.

All the tales are of different generations, and their attitude towards the recent socioeconomic calamity in most of the South European countries including Greece.

Similar Interest: Best Japanese weird films

Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com

The Lobster (2015)

The Lobster review.

written by Souranath Banerjee

It’s dangerous when you are entertained by such an extremely twisted and dark comedy, sick and revengeful at times – but again you cannot help but chuckle and giggle helplessly through out the film! 

My Ratings: 4.4/5.

Many filmmakers, over the years have attempted to make futuristic dystopian films (most of them have been zippy action based adventures), but with The Lobster, the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (of Dogtooth fame) has achieved something unique in that genre.

And that too with mostly fine-tuning the exclusive comic timings in some of the most absurdly realistic situations!

lobster-poster1The basic premise of the film is simple yet weird – imagine a dystopian world where all the single people are sent to this hotel where within a limited number of days they are expected to choose their partner, or else they’ll be transformed into an animal of their choice.

And when David (Colin Farrell), arrives at this peculiar hotel, he declares that his choice of animal (if he fails to find a partner) would be The Lobster!

David soon befriends with a few other guests John C. Reilly (the Lisping man) and Ben Whishaw (the Limping man), and he also desperately tries to fix a match with an emotionally disturbed woman Angeliki Papoulia (the Heartless Woman). 

lobster-poster2But then, David meets Léa Seydoux (the Loner Leader) and Rachel Weisz (the short sighted woman) and his life changes forever.

Brilliant acting by each and every one, specially by Colin Farrell, probably his career best performance.

But the best thing about the film is it’s brilliant concept and the powerful script (written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou)

Real human characters/emotions put in a surreal situation, an ideal way to question our human behaviors in context with the current social and political scenario. For example, how any society tends to fight against those who doesn’t fit-in or doesn’t respect the rules in general, and then these so-called misfits and rule breakers form their own society where they make their own rules and then again, a few have a problem to fit in there!

Fortunately The Lobster was part of JIO MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival and it was among my list of films that shouldn’t be missed.

A brilliant black comedy, a take on ‘love’ and ‘life’ in the most quirky and entertaining way possible. The film has already won the ‘Jury Prize’ at the Cannes Film Festival and is now nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Best of luck!

Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.