26 May 2015

Alchemy acquires THE LOBSTER for US

By otm


Independent Distributor Acquires U.S. Rights to Yorgos Lanthimos’
first English-language feature starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2015 – Alchemy,
the leading independent film and television distribution entity founded by CEO
Bill Lee, announced today that it has acquired all US distribution rights to
Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER. The funny and moving
satire starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz premiered to great critical
response at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it played in competition. THE
LOBSTER also features John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben

Lanthimos penned the script with Efthimis
Filippou and produced the film along with Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Ceci
Dempsey. Sam Lavender, Andrew Lowe and Tessa Ross executive produced. Element
Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film produced the
film, which was
financed by Film4, Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board, the BFI (the
first film through its minority co-production strand), Eurimages, Greek Film
Centre, CNC, the Dutch Film Fund and Canal+.

The film is an Irish/UK/French/Greek/Dutch production and

Protagonist Pictures is handling
international sales.

“THE LOBSTER is alternately beautiful,
romantic, mysterious, and hilarious,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy EVP of
Marketing.  “Yorgos has created a completely original film that we
are proud to bring to single people and non-single people alike throughout the

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the
near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are
arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a
matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an
animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man
escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love,
although it is against their rules.

Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s Vice President
of Acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Mike Goodridge of Protagonist
Pictures and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.