alps

 

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos (2011)

 

Synopsis

A Nurse, an Ambulance Driver, a Gymnast, and a Coach have formed a dead persons' substitute company called "Alps". They are a company for hire, playacting deceased persons in their daily routines, for the benefit of their grieving relatives, friends, and colleagues.
The range and variety of their roles is quite wide, although they don't just take any offers. The substitutes have to identify with the substituted dead persons and be inspired by their past lives. The roles are researched, rehearsed, and performed in minute detail.
The company operates illegally, under a scrupulous discipline regime demanded by their leader, the Ambulance Driver. He has reserved for him alone, as his code name, the name of Alps' great pinnacle, the Mont Blanc.

 

Festivals

Venice Film Festival "Competition", Italy (2011)

Toronto Film Festival "Official Selection", Canada (2011)

Rotterdam Film Festival "Spectrum", Netherlands (2012)

Reykjavik Film Festival "Official Selection", Iceland (2011)

Sydney Film Festival "Official Selection", Australia (2012)

Vancouver Film Festival "Official Selection", Canada (2011)

Busan Film Festival "Official Selection", Korea (2011)

BFI London Film Festival "Official Selection", UK (2011)

Bergen Film Festival "Official Selection", Norway (2011)

Viennale Film Festival "Official Selection", Austria (2011)

AFI FEST "Official Selection", USA (2011)

Ljubljana Film Festival "Official Selection", Slovenia, (2011)

Gothenburg Film Festival "Visionärer", Sweden (2012)

Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2012)

Sarasota Film Festival "Official Selection", USA (2012)


Awards

Venice Film Festival
Osella Award for Best Screenplay

 

Sydney Film Festival
Best Film Award (Official Competition)

 

Sarasota Film Festival
Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement

 

 

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