CULTURELos Angeles, 01-03-2011
Greek ‘Dogtooth’ a near miss at the Oscars
One of the films that were nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, ‘Dogtooth’, lost out on the big prize last Sunday night. The ground breaking, tragi-comic movie, written and directed by Giorgos Lanthimos, had staunch support by both the New York and Los Angeles Greek Film Festival organizers, the latter of which celebrated with two parties in tinsel town on the nights leading up to the big event. On Thursday, February 24th the LAGFF team welcomed the visiting cast and crew members of Dogtooth and the Oscar viewing party on Sunday, February 27th at West Sunset Boulevard.
"This nomination is a fine tribute to Lanthimos," said NYC Greek Film Festival director James DeMetro. "He has made a strikingly original film that deserves the attention it has received worldwide. But the nomination is also wonderful for the Greek film industry. Greek films are shown all over the world, but the American market has been resistant and unwelcoming. This nomination is bound to attract attention to the Greek film industry. It sends a clear message that Greek filmmakers are turning out world class films that deserve to be seen."
Dogtooth faced vast competition in the international arena, with 66 movies from around the world in contention but ended up losing out to Denmark's ‘In a Better World’.
*In the photo: Jim Gianopoulos (CEO and Chairman, 20th Century Fox Film Entertainment, and Board Member of the Los Angeles Greek Film Fesival) and Giorgos Lanthimos
- Official photographer of LAGFF events: Maria Martin (www.mariamartinphotography.com)