The Quartet has produced an arrangement of the film’s quirky soundtrack for string quartet and piano, which they will be performing live at eight screenings across different Picturehouse cinemas during November and December.
This project continues the Solem Lates series, launched in May of this year with the Quartet’s batózeyal programme, which they took to Liverpool’s Kazimier Garden and Manchester’s Soup Kitchen after the premiere performance at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.
The Lobster was released in 2015, co-written and co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos (who went on to direct The Favourite in 2018), and was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as winning prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards and European Film Awards.
Yorgos Lanthimos’s twisted black comedy envisions a dystopian society that cannot tolerate unattached adults. When a relationship breaks down, the rejected party must report to a country-hotel facility, where they have 45 days to find a suitable partner. Should they fail to do so, they will be transformed into an animal of their choice and released into the wild. Careworn, paunchy David (Farrell) shows up at the hotel. With seemingly little prospect of finding a match, he makes his escape and joins the outcast Loner community. It’s led by an ideologue (Seydoux) and is every bit as problematic as the authorities he has fled. The burgeoning connection he feels with another exile (Weisz) puts the pair in dire jeopardy. Cleverly skewering society’s elevation of the couple, Lanthimos’s debut English-language film segues from darkly comic satire to unconventional love story.
Solem Lates — The Lobster
Picturehouse Bromley | Fri 8 November | 8:05pm
The Gate, Notting Hill | Wed 13 November | 8:00pm
Picturehouse Central, London | Sun 24 November | 3:00pm
The Ritzy, Brixton | Thu 5 December | 8:30pm
Hackney Picturehouse | Fri 6 December | 8:30pm
West Norwood Library & Picture House | Wed 11 December | 8:00pm
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton | Thu 12 December | 8:30pm
Crouch End Picturehouse | Wed 18 December | 8:00pm