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Screening at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival



THE LOBSTER, written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, has been selected to screen at the Spotlight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is one of the world’s premiere places to debut new independent films and over the course of its more than 30-year history has launched films including Whiplash, Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, and Napoleon Dynamite.

This marks Element Picture’s seventh film at Sundance since 2009 when they presented Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven, followed by box-office hit The Guard in 2011, Shadow Dancer and This Must be the Place in 2012, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank in 2014 and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland last year.

THE LOBSTER, which stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly, 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.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.

Alchemy will release THE LOBSTER theatrically in the US in March 2016.

About Element Pictures
Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Current productions include Lenny Abrahamson’s Room starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay which picked up the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster , winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Wishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly, 11 Minutes by renowned Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski and A Date for Mad Mary, directed by Darren Thornton. Previous productions include Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett , Abrahamson’s films Frank, What Richard Did, Garage and Adam & Paul, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Shadow Dancer (James Marsh), The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), This Must be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino), Omagh (Peter Travis) and The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan). Element Pictures TV productions include the hit TV3 show Red Rock and the recent Charlie for RTE as well as the upcoming 1916 Drama Series Rebellion. Element Pictures Distribution also handlesStudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Element Pictures operates an online video on demand platform,, which focuses on the best of Irish and international films. Additionally, Element Pictures runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.