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Indiewire has revealed the first posters for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Irish set sci-fi-/comedy/drama/romance The Lobster. The film is Lanthimos’ English language début, and will feature in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival later this month.

The Lobster is an unconventional love story which follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of the dystopian The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.

As the posters show The Lobster stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in the lead roles, with support from Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman, and Michael Smiley.

The film is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender. The film was developed with financing from Film4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, Eurimages, the Netherlands Film Fund, Greek Film Centre and BFI, with Protagonist Pictures, with the participation of CANAL+, CINE+ and Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International, Institut Français an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Last week it was announce that the film was acquired by Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment at script stage and will be released as a joint venture between both companies, who already enjoy a close relationship through their respective exhibition interests in the UK and Ireland.  It is the first time both companies have worked together to distribute a film and marks their growing ambitions in distribution.

The Lobster will be released in Ireland and the UK on October 16th.

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