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‘Dogtooth’ Star Mary Tsoni Dies at 30 — Report

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‘Dogtooth’ Star Mary Tsoni Dies at 30 — Report
Greek actress Mary Tsoni was found dead at her apartment in Athens on Monday, according to Greek Reporter. She was 30 years old. Tsoni was best known in the film world for playing the younger daughter in writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2009 film “Dogtooth.”

Tsoni’s cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but she reportedly suffered from severe depression. She was found by her close friend Lewsha Camille Simboura, also an actress, who wrote a social media post about finding Tsoni. “Sorry I didn’t come sooner. Maybe we could have saved you,” Simboura wrote in the post. “I felt guilty, as I watched James perform CPR. I should have tried to help you with your sickness.”

In addition to “Dogtooth,” which was nominated for the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year,
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Alps Movie Review

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Alps Movie Review
Alps (Alpies) Kino Lorber Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten Grade: B- Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Screenwriter: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed, Stavros Psillakis, Efthijmis Filippou, Maria Kirozi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/18/12 Opens: July 13, 2012 Yorgos Lanthimos is in his element with “Alps,” his previous work, “Dogtooth” (“Kynodontas”)” taking root with a crazy father’s creating an insane world for his teen family, prohibiting their leaving the estate and teaching them only what he believes is important. For the teens, escape from a fantasy into reality is a goal. By contrast, for some residents of “Alps,” escape into fantasy and [ Read More ]
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Toronto Review | Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" Is "Dogtooth" Without Teeth, But Plenty of Bite

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Toronto Review | Yorgos Lanthimos'
Something new and valuable happened when Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' darkly surreal family drama "Dogtooth" landed an Oscar nomination last year. Steeped in discomfort, littered with violence and subversive twists, "Dogtooth" made viewers uneasy in a way that would theoretically limit its appeal. At the same time, however, Lanthimos' keen allegorical approach and suburban satire left a wide swath of viewers contemplating its ideas after the initial shock of the ...
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Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

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Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

Directed by: Giorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis

Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: March 14, 2011

Plot: Parents keep their adult children cloistered in their compound in the middle of nowhere. The kids have never been outside of the house and backyard. They only interact with their parents, one another, and one outsider.

Who’S It For? Fans of unusual and perverse foreign films reminiscent of Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke.


Dogtooth mines the creepy territory that I usually associate with Appalachia. This Greek film (which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year) tells the story of three twentysomethings, a man and two women, who live cloistered in their parents house. They’ve never left it in all their lives and get all their knowledge of the world from their parents. The parents are sadists though, they
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The King's Speech, True Grit, Inception lead the Oscar nominations

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The King's Speech, True Grit, Inception lead the Oscar nominations
The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique. The King's Speech earned 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director to Tom Hooper, and acting nods to Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush. True Grit also earned 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director to Joel and Ethan Coen, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, and Best Supporting Actress for 14-year old Hailee Steinfield. Inception received eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, but director Chris Nolan was once again snubbed from the Best Directing category. The Social Network also received eight nominations including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture, but only Jesse Eisenberg was recognized in the acting category.

Here's the nominees. For a full list, visit our Road to the Oscars section.

Best Actress

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor

Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Picture

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film

Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)

Incendies (Canada)

In a Better World (Denmark)

Dogtooth (Greece)

Biutiful (Mexico)

Best Original Screenplay

Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, The Fighter

Mike Leigh, Another Year

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David Seidler, The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay

Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit

Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland

Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1


The King's Speech

True Grit

Best Cinematography

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

True Grit

Best Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland

I Am Love

The King's Speech

The Tempest

True Grit

Best Documentary

Exit Through the Gift Shop


Inside Job


Waste Land

Complete List: 2011 Academy Award Nominees

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The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Best Picture

The Social Network

Black Swan

The Fighter


The King’s Speech

True Grit

The Kids Are All Right

Winter’s Bone

Toy Story 3

127 Hours

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “True Grit

David O. Russell, “The Fighter

Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech

David Fincher, “The Social Network

Best Actor

Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech

Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network

James Franco, “127 Hours

Javier Bardem, “Biutiful

Jeff Bridges, “True Grit

Best Actress

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan

Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone

Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, “The Fighter

Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right

Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, “The Town

Geoffrey Rush,
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Nine International Movies Compete for Best Foreign Language Oscar

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Nine International Movies Compete for Best Foreign Language Oscar
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, Hors la Loi (Outside the Law), Rachid Bouchareb, director

Canada, Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, director

Denmark, In a Better World, Susanne Bier, director

Greece, Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos, director

Japan, Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, director

Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu, director

South Africa, Life, above All, Oliver Schmitz, director

Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Ic&#237ar Bolla&#237n, director

Sweden, Simple Simon, Andreas Ohman, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's
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London Critics Circle Lauds Pic Nominees

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London Critics Circle Lauds Pic Nominees
The London Critics' Circle has set its nominees for the 31st Film Awards, a fete that will be held February 10.

Here are the nominees:

Sky 3D Award: Film Of The Year: Black Swan The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech The Social Network Toy Story 3

The Attenborough Award: British Film Of The Year: 127 Hours The Arbor Another Year The King's Speech Monsters

Foreign Language Film Of The Year: Dogtooth I Am Love Of Gods and Men The Secret in Their Eyes Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Actor Of The Year:

Jeff Bridges - True Grit Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network Colin Firth - The King's Speech Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine Edgar Ramirez - Carlos

Actress Of The Year: Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone Natalie Portman - Black Swan Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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2009 A Year In Film: A Look Back at the Top 10 Films from the Sound On Sight team.

10– A Serious Man (18 Points)

Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, The Coen Brothers deliver their most intimate film yet. Expanding upon some of the themes they’ve played with in the past, the film deals with everything from man’s search for meaning, the existence of God, pattern and randomness in the Universe, and the essential solitude of the human condition. Euphoric, extremely funny, deeply serious, sad, troubling, warm and thoughtful. The Coens have finished the decade as America’s pre-eminent film-makers.

9- Kynodontas (Dogtooth) (19 Points)

Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos

Infused with its own brand of hyper-stylized realism, Dogtooth feels so out of this world that it is quite impossible to pin down. The winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Dogtooth is so twisted and weird that the absurd comedy found in the films of Todd Solondz seems relatively lucid.
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2010 Revelation Perth International Film Festival: Official Lineup

Is it a revelation or a revolution? It’s both! The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is tackling the theme of “Revolution” when its 13th annual edition begins violating Australia on July 8-18. Get set for 11 days filled French zombies, Belgian cowboys, outer space outlaws, Beat poets, cat ladies, gospel musicians and other revolutionaries.

Actually, one of the main features of the festival this year is a slew of music documentaries, mostly spotlighting both American and Australian music. On the U.S. side of things there’s Wheedle’s Groove, a look at the history of Seattle funk; Rejoice and Shout, which examines gospel music’s impact on African-American culture — and vice versa; Tom Dicillo’s Doors documentary When You’re Strange; plus The Family Jams and 72 Musicians. And, from Australia, there’s Megan Simpson-Hubberman’s classic concert film The Night of the Triffids.

There’s lots more than music docs,
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New One-Sheet For Lanthimos Dogtooth

Greek drama 'Kynodontas' (Aka 'Dogtooth') is one bizarre little movie. So it feels perfectly suitable to release an equally bizarre and quite disturbing one-sheet to help promote it (which you can check out below). Giorgos Lanthimos' movie arrives in selected Us theatres on 25 June, following it's big festival run. 'Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.'...
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In the Mood to be Disturbed? Dogtooth Should Do the Trick.

When you sit down to watch the trailer for Giorgos Lanthimos’ impossibly demented drama “Dogtooth” (aka “Kynodontas”), you can tell right off the bat that something isn’t quite right. However, as the clip progresses and the on-screen intensity slowly mounts, you begin to see just how downright bizarre the whole bloody affair truly is. Attempting to explain the specifics of the plot is next to impossible, so be sure to investigate the synopsis in the pretty little box below for more information. It should set a few things straight. In theory, anyway. From IMDb: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence ‘the sea’ refers to a
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'Nombre,' 'Precious' top Stockholm nods

'Nombre,' 'Precious' top Stockholm nods
Stockholm, Sweden -- Sundance faves "Sin Nombre" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" scooped the bulk of awards at the 20th Stockholm Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday.

Mo'Nique won best actress for her powerful turn as an abusive mother in Lee Daniels' "Precious," a performance that has already put the actress on many handicappers' Oscar shortlist.

Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" picked up three of Stockholm's silver horse trophies: best actor for star Edgar Flores, best first feature film and the Fipresci International Film Critics Prize for best film.

"Now my professors will have to give me a good grade," Fukunaga joked, a reference to the fact that the feature, a story of Honduran immigrants trying to reach the U.S., was his film school graduating thesis.

  But the 2009 Golden Horse for best feature film went to "Dogtooth," a surreal look at a dysfunctional family from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.
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Festival Du Nouveau Cinema ‘09: Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

Dogtooth (Kynodontas) Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos Currently touring the festival circuit is a bizarre Greek film called Dogtooth, the third feature by writer, director, and producer Giorgos Lanthimos. Its plot could be likened to that of American Gothic, focusing on a family living in a large, secluded house. The parents have never allowed their two daughters and son, despite that they have grown well into maturity. But unexpectedly, Dogtooth has very few horror elements. Although the story may be extremely disturbing at times, the film builds into a quirky portrait of the isolation forced upon the children. It's occasionally violent, and sometimes sexually explicit, but always very interesting. The title is derived from the myth the parents have told the children, that when they lose their dogtooth it is the sign that they have finally grown enough to leave home. The first half of the film displays much of the
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