Greek Cinema's "New Wave" Washes Over the Miami Beach Cinematheque
|A freaky Greek make-out session in Attenberg.|
The new aesthetic features odd, deadpan delivery of lines by actors in black comedies. Why would a paramedic insist on asking a dying girl the name of her favorite actor? Why must a father pull over to the side of the road to remove all the labels off water bottles before bringing them in with the groceries to his family's home? Those moments establish the odd dramas at the heart of Giorgos Lanthimos' Alps and Dogtooth.
Lanthimos arrives on the film scene with a buzz not seen since Theo Angelopoulos won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for Eternity and a Day in 1998. The Miami Beach Cinematheque has dedicated an entire weekend to some of the more acclaimed films coming out of that country.
Besides Alps and Dogtooth, the MBC will also host Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg and Babis Makridis' L. This marks the South Florida theatrical premiere of Dogtooth, as it skipped theaters in its run to its Oscar nomination for foreign language film in 2011. Though Attenberg saw a brief run at some local art houses already, and Alps premiered at this year's Miami International Film Festival, MBC director Dana Keith went out of his way to snag L, which has yet to find a distributor in the United States.
You can choose to see the films individually or buy a package for the entire mini film festival ($35).
Dogtooth is a pitch-black comedy about a father who goes to extreme lengths to control his teenage children by isolating them from the outside world. He redefines words, tells them scary stories about what lies beyond their walled-in home and makes up rules of behavior for the sake of their very lives. He tells them they do not have the power to step on the ground outside the walls of their home until their left or right "dogtooth" falls out. Only then "the body is ready to face all dangers." But the father will soon learn his oppression is nothing compared to the pent up sexual drive of his children.