Alps

Alps

Aggeliki Papoulia as seen in ALPS, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos. Picture courtesy Kino Lorber. All rights reserved.

Alps

Starring:
Also:
  • Efthimis Filippou
  • Eftihia Stefanidou
  • Constantina Papoulia
  • Sotiris Papastamatiou
  • Tina Papanikolaou
  • Nikos Galgadas
  • Maria Kirozi
  • Fotis Zahos
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Alps (2011/2012)

Opened: 07/13/2012 Limited

Theaters (7+)07/13/2012
Cinema Village...07/13/2012 - 08/02/201221 days
Lake Worth, FL07/13/2012 - 07/19/20127 days
Seattle, WA07/27/2012 - 08/03/20128 days
Memphis, TN08/09/2012 - 08/09/20121 day
San Francisco08/24/2012 - 08/30/20127 days
Iowa City, IA10/12/2012 - 10/18/20127 days
Columbus, OH10/23/2012 - 10/24/20122 days
DVD12/04/2012

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Genre: Greek Drama (Greek w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated

When The End Is Here, The Alps Are Near

Synopsis

A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach have formed a service for hire. They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased. The company is called Alps. Their leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not.

Critical Acclaim

"A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism, confirming Lanthimos as Europe's most pertinent hope in...arthouse cinema." - Christoph Huber, Cinema Scope

"With 2009's acclaimed DOGTOOTH, Lanthimos earned a reputation as the laughing mortician of contemporary Greek culture. This splendidly icy, opaque picture goes further still, showing a world nudged off its axis and an emotional topography where the signposts are backwards and the satnav scrambled." - Xan Brooks, The Guardian

"There's a pleasure to be had in watching the progress of a European auteur who has something genuinely new to say, and a genuinely new way of saying it. [The] film manages to juggle absurdist comedy with bleak tragedy, a yearning desire for human warmth with outbreaks of sudden violence, all the while maintaining an impressive control of tone." - Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"As bizarre and elliptical as DOGTOOTH and KINETTA, and like its offbeat predecessors has an inexplicable power to draw the viewer into its hermetic web of inhuman relationships." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Director's Biography

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, where he studied directing for Film and Television. Since 1995, he has directed a number of TV commercials in addition to music videos, short films and theatre plays. In 2011, he staged Chekhov's Platonov at the Greek National Theatre. Kinetta , his first film, played at Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim. His latest feature Kynodontas (Dogtooth) won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar, in 2011.

Cast Biographies

Aggeliki Papoulia (Nurse)

Aggeliki is a graduate of the Athens-based Empros Theatre School of Drama. She is a founding member of the experimental theatre company, Blitz Theatre Group, where she works as a writer, director and actor. Her earlier film work includes Athanassia and Matchbox. Her breakout film role was as the "Older Daughter" in director Yorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth. The film received international acclaim for the stylistically beautiful and unorthodox portrayal of one Greek family, winning the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in 2009 and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Continuing their resplendent collaboration, Papoulia co-produced and stars as an emotionally stunted nurse in Lanthimos's newest feature film Alps.

Ariane Labed (Gymnast)

Ariane was born in 1984 in Athens to French parents and was raised between Greece, Germany and France. She danced classical ballet in Paris and Germany for over 10 years and studied "Practice and Theory of Art" at the University of Provence in France. She is a founding member of the Vasistas Theatre Company, an international theatre group with locations in Athens and Marseille. In 2010, she had her feature film debut in Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg. The film received international critical acclaim and won Labed the Coppa Volpi prize for BestActress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. She plays a gymnast in her secondfilm role, alongside Aggeliki Papoulias, in Yorgos Lanthimos's Alps.

Alps Members

  1. Must declare in advance the things they are unwilling to do by filling out Form 1 (e.g. kissing, lifting weights, travelling etc).
  2. Must declare in advance the things they are good at by filling out Form 2 (e.g. dancing, waterskiing, discussing etc).
  3. Must have some basic knowledge of psychology and sociology.
  4. Are obliged to support, under all circumstances, the interests of the Alps group.
  5. Must respect each other.
  6. Have the right to change their nickname only twice. They cannot choose a nickname belonging to another Alps member. The nickname must strictly be the name of a mountain in the Alps, and not something general or irrelevant (e.g. Blonde, Master, Dragon etc.).
  7. Can never talk about Alps activities with non-Alps members.
  8. Are obliged to take the Gymnastics Club Test, if necessary.
  9. Must be over 14 years of age.
  10. Should always be smart, clean, punctual, and in complete control.
  11. Must never get emotionally involved with clients,or have intimate relations with them.
  12. Cannot change their physical appearance without the Leader 's permission (e.g. dye their hair, lose or gain weight, wear coloured contact lenses etc).
  13. Must be able to make convincing facial expressions (sadness, happiness, despair etc).
  14. Must honour the title of their membership, and be ready to kill or die for it.
  15. Must never attack one another, and must believe in teamwork.

Mont Blanc, Leader of the Alps group, January 2008

 

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