Lanthimos’ drama nabs honors at Cannes

In a rare triumph for Greek cinema at Cannes, Yorgos Lanthimos’ unsettling repression drama “Dogtooth” took the top Un Certain Regard Prize Saturday at Cannes.

The triumph of “Dogtooth” – yet another dysfunctional family tale which finally flares into violence at an edition of Cannes which has had a handful – was something of a turn-up for the books.

Turning on three teen children who are kept almost completely cut-off from the world by their parents, “Dogtooth” drew sympatgetic reviews.

But this year’s Un Certain Regard boasted films from a bevy of name international auteurs – Korea’s Bong Joon-ho, Iran’s Bahman Ghobadi, Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu, Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda – whose films grabbed a lot more attention.

And a bevy of movies had generated warm buzz during the festival. Three of these took all the other Un Certain Regard kudos.

Porumboui’s much-admired “Police, Adjective,” about a cop’s reluctant surveillance of a pot-smoking teen, won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, adding to a Fipresci award earlier Saturday as best film in the sidebar.

Two other praised films shared a Special Prize: French director Mia Hansen-Love’s “Father of My Children,” a painful record of the suicide of an indie producer; and Bahman Ghobadi’s section opener “No One Knows About The Persian Cats,” a shot-on-the-hoof tale of two budding musicians in Iran’s rebellious, repressed but vibrant underground rock-music scene, a film which marks a change of direction for the helmer.

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE
“Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY PRIZE
“Police, Adjective,” Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)

SPECIAL PRIZE UN CERTAIN REGARD 2009
“No One Knows About The Persian Cats,” Bahman Ghobadi (Iran) and “Father of My Children,” Mia Hansen-Love (France).

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