Kynodontas (Dogtooth in the english version) is a 2009 Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. The film is Lanthimos’ second feature film and it won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. Kynodontas was the feature film debut for Boo Productions, an Athens-based advertising company. The Greek Film Center supported the project with about €200,000 and much of the production was done with help from volunteers. Another €50,000 was offered by the production studio, bringing the overall budget to €250,000. Lanthimos had an open approach to both acting and visual style, as he thought it would look fake if he involved too much in the details. It wasn’t until the rehearsals started that he began to develop the idea of how the film should be shot, a style where he tried to combine a realistic environment with “really strict framing and a cool, surreal look to go with the narrative”.

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