Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos (2009)



The father, the mother and their three kids live in a house at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never left the house. They are being educated, entertained, bored and exercised in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes flying over are toys and that zombies are small yellow flowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father's business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.



Cannes Film Festival "Un Certain Regard", France (2009)

Toronto Film Festival "World Contemporary Cinema", Canada (2009)

New Directors New Films New York, U.S.A. (2010)

Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands (2010)

Sarajevo Film Festival "Competition Feature Film", Bosnia and Herzegovina (2009)

Reykjavik Film Festival, Iceland (2009)

BFI London Film Festival, UK (2009)

SXSWeek 2010 Austin, U.S.A. (2010)

SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya, Spain (2009)

Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France (2009)

Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, Argentina (2009)

Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Canada (2009)

Melbourne Film Festival "International Panorama", Australia (2009)

Estoril Film Festival, Portugal (2009)

Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009)

Helsinki Intl Film Festival, Finland (2010)

Munich Film Festival"International Panorama", Germany (2009)

Auckland Film Festival, New Zealand (2009)

Bergen Film Festival, Norway(2009)

Leeds Film Festival, UK (2009)

Mumbai Film Festival, India (2009)

Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2010)

Nashville Film Festival, U.S.A (2010)

Maryland Film Festival, U.S.A (2010)

Hong Kong Film Festival, Hong Kong (2010)

Belgrade Film Festival, Serbia (2010)

Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (2009)

Glasgow Film Festival, U.K. (2010)

Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden (2009)

Tallinn Black Nights, Estonia (2009)

Sarasota Film Festival, U.S.A (2010)

RiverRun Film Festival, U.S.A (2010)

Transilvania Film Festival, Poland (2010)

CPH:PIX Copenhagen Film Festival, Denmark (2010)



Festival de Cannes
Un Certain Regard Prize
Prix de la Jeunesse


Oscar nomination
Best Foreign Language Film


Sarajevo Film Festival
The Special Jury Award
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress


SITGES Festival de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya
Best Motion Picture Fantastic - Young Jury Award
Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director


Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Louve d'Or


Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival
Young Audience Award


Estoril Festival, Portugal
Great Award


Stockholm Film Festival
The Bronze Horse Award for Best Film


Trieste Film Festival
Special Mention


Dublin Film Critics Circle Avards
Best Director


Mosaico d' Europa Film Fest
Special Mention


RiverRun Film Festival
Best Director


Greek Film Academy Awards
Best Film
Best Director
Best Script
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Film Editing


Ljubljana Film Festival
Kingfisher Award




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