The 15 Rules of the Alps
An Alps member:
1. Must declare in advance the things he or she is unwilling to do by filling out Form 1 (e.g. kissing, lifting weights, travelling, etc.).
2. Must also declare in advance the things he or she is good at by filling out Form 2 (e.g. dancing, waterskiing, discussing, etc.).
3. Must have some basic knowledge of psychology and sociology.
4. Is obliged to support, under all circumstances, the interests of the Alps group.
5. Must respect other Alps members.
6. Has the right to change their nickname only twice. They cannot choose a nickname belonging to another Alps member.
The nickname must strictly be the name of a mountain in the Alps, and not something general or irrelevant (e.g. Blonde, Master, Dragon, etc.).
7. Can never talk about Alps activities with non-Alps members.
8. Is obliged to take the Gymnastics Club Test, if necessary.
9. Must be over 14 years of age.
10. Should always be smart, clean, punctual, and in complete control.
11. Must never get emotionally involved with clients, or have intimate relations with them.
12. Cannot change his or her physical appearance without the Leader’s permission (e.g. dye their hair, lose or gain weight, wear coloured contact lenses, etc.).
13. Must be able to make convincing facial expressions (sadness, happiness, despair, etc.).
14. Must honour the title of their membership, and be ready to kill or die for it.
15. Must never attack another Alps member, and must believe in teamwork.
Mont Blanc, Leader of the Alps group
A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach have formed a service for hire.
They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased. The company is called Alps.
Their leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not.
Cast & Crew
nurse Aggeliki Papoulia
paramedic Aris Servetalis
coach Johnny Vekris
gymnast Ariane Labed
nurse’s father Stavros Psillakis
lighting shop owner Efthimis Filippou
blind lady Eftihia Stefanidou
friend of nurse’s father Constantina Papoulia
tennis player’s father Sotiris Papastamatiou
tennis player’s mother Tina Papanikolaou
tennis player’s boyfriend Nikos Galgadas
tennis player Maria Kirozi
50-year-old man Fotis Zahos
written by Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou
directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari & Yorgos Lanthimos
director of photography Christos Voudouris
editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis
sound Leandros Ntounis
production designer Anna Georgiadou
costume designers Thanos Papastergiou & Vassilia Rozana
head of production Maria Hatzakou / Haos Film
line producer Kostas Kefalas
assistant director Kostas Papadakis
graphic design Vasilis Marmatakis
A Haos Film production, in co-production with ERT,
Faliro House Productions, Feelgood Entertainment, Nova,
Marni Films, Avion Films, Cactus Three Films, Lee Polydor,
Christos Voudouris, Maharaja Films, Victoria Bousis, Thoma Kikis,
Andrea Zoupanos Kritikos, Johnny Vekris, Aggeliki Papoulia,
Maria Hatzakou, Matt Johnson, Thanos Papastergiou
with the support of the Greek Film Centre
& the Media Programme of the European Union
“One could call Yorgos Lanthimos’ ALPS a postmodernist complement to Cronenberg’s elaboration on modern thought….”
Barbara Wurm, Sight & Sound
“With 2009's acclaimed DOGTOOTH, Lanthimos earned a reputation as the laughing mortician of contemporary Greek culture. This splendidly icy, opaque picture goes further still, showing a world nudged off its axis and an emotional topography where the signposts are backwards and the satnav scrambled.”
Xan Brooks, The Guardian
“We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to ALPS as cold as possible. It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen (its closest relative being, well, DOGTOOTH), and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. …It’s probably a more accessible film than its predecessor, accessible being a very relative term here.
It plays up the jet-black comedy, while retaining the humanism—as strange a world as Lanthimos creates, he genuinely cares for his characters,
even as they do incomprehensible things.”
Oliver Lyttelton, indieWIRE
“ALPS, Yorgos Lanthimos’ caustic fourth feature, is as bizarre and elliptical as DOGTOOTH and KINETTA, and like its offbeat predecessors
has an inexplicable power to draw the viewer into its hermetic web of inhuman relationships.”
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Lanthimos' latest offers another heady mix of peculiar occurrences, anthropological and Freudian insights into the human species and contempo society,
and a particularly wicked sense of humor.”
Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety
“…there’s a pleasure to be had in watching the progress of a European auteur who has something genuinely new to say, and a genuinely new way of saying it (the ability to make black comedy, poignant melancholy and dark menace coexist is not the least of Lanthimos’ talents).
…Hollywood might have fashioned a weepie or a thriller out of the same material—and there are echoes here of some of Hitchcock’s fascination with surrogates,
from the Roger Thornhill/George Kaplan of North by Northwest to the Madeleine/Carlotta of Vertigo. But ALPS is so intriguing because of what it refuses to explain.”
Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
Venice International Film Festival, Main Competition, Italy, September 2011
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection, Canada, September 2011
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Official Selection, Iceland, September 2011
Vancouver International Film Festival, Official Selection, Canada, October 2011
Busan International Film Festival, Official Selection, Korea, October 2011
BFI London Film Festival, Official Selection, United Kingdom, October 2011
Bergen International Film Festival, Official Selection, Norway, October 2011
Viennale Film Festival, Official Selection, Austria, October 2011
AFI FEST, Official Selection, US, November 2011
Sevilla European Film Festival, Official Selection, Spain, November 2011
Ljubljana International Film Festival, Official Selection, Slovenia, November 2011
Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival, Official Selection, France, November 2011
Greek Film Festival — Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Official Selection, USA, December 2011
Venice International Film Festival
, Osella for Best Screenplay
Austria, (Stadtkino Wien)
Former Yugoslavia (Demiurg)
Germany (Rapid Eye Movies)
Greece, 27 October 2011 (Feelgood Entertainment)
Poland (Against Gravity)
Scandinavia (Folkets Bio)
UK & Eire (Artificial Eye)
USA, Spring 2012 (Kino Lorber)
Appearing here: Efthimis Filippou & Aggeliki Papoulia
Photograph © Yorgos Lanthimos
Appearing here: Ariane Labed
Photograph © Yorgos Lanthimos
Appearing here: Aggeliki Papoulia
Photograph © Yorgos Lanthimos
Appearing here: Aris Servetalis
Photograph © Yorgos Lanthimos
2011 / Greece / 93’ / 35mm
2.35:1 / Colour / Dolby Digital / Greek
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, where he studied directing for film and television. Since 1995, he has directed a series of videos for dance-theatre companies, television commercials, music videos, short film, and theatre plays. In 2011, he staged Chekhov’s Platonov at the Greek National Theatre.
His first film KINETTA (2005) screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals to critical acclaim.
His sophomore feature DOGTOOTH won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide.
It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® at the 2010 Academy Awards®.
His latest film, ALPS (2011) premièred at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and won the Osella for Best Screenplay.
Aggeliki Papoulia was born in Athens, and graduated from the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Athens and the Embros Theatre Drama School in 2000. She has appeared in the following feature films: The Matchbox (2002), directed by Yannis Economidis, Well Kept Secrets (2008) directed by Panos Karkanevatos, DOGTOOTH (2009), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Best Actress at the Sarajevo Film Festival,
2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® nominee), and ALPS (2011), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Osella for Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival).
In October 2004, she co-founded the Blitz Theatre Company with Yorgos Valais and Christos Passalis.
The company has been nominated for this year’s European Theatre Prize, in the New Theatrical Realities section.
In collaboration with the other members of the company, she has directed, written, and performed in a number of performances.
She has also appeared in performances directed by Michael Marmarinos and Lefteris Vogiatzis, as well as Greek National Theatre productions
directed by Yorgos Houvardas and Yorgos Lanthimos.
Ariane Labed was born in 1984 in Athens, to French parents. She grew up between Greece, Germany and France.
After studying dance for ten years, she studied "Practice and Theory of Art" at the University of Provence. A founding member of the Vasistas Theatre Company,
she has acted in all their performances. She has also performed at the Greek National Theatre in a performance of Faust, in the Vasistas production Phobia on the Experimental Stage, and in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed play Platonov. ATTENBERG, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, was her first film appearance,
for which she won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival,
and was named Best Actress at the Premiers Plans Festival Angers 2010 and by the Hellenic Film Academy.
She has since appeared in Yorgos Lanthimos’ feature ALPS, which premièred at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay.
Aris Servetalis was born in Athens and graduated from the Diomedes Fotiades Drama School.
Since 1997, he has appeared in theatre productions by the Kinitiras and Theama Theatre Companies, and has collaborated with the directors Dimitris Papaioannou, Yorgos Lanthimos and Yiannis Kakleas, and with the artist Efi Birba.
In film, he has worked with Yorgos Lanthimos, Bambis Makridis, Christos Georgiou and Angelos Frantzis. He has also worked in television and radio.
Haos Film was founded in 1997 at the University of Texas in Austin by director Athina Rachel Tsangari and writer/editor Matt Johnson,
to develop their graduation thesis into the feature film The Slow Business of Going (2001).
Haos relocated to Greece when Athina was invited by Dimitris Papaioannou to direct and produce the video and laser projections for the Athens 2004 Olympic Ceremonies.Joined by ex-film programmer Maria Hatzakou and director Yorgos Lanthimos, Haos has worked since 2004 as a filmmakers’ company,
creative office and post-production facility for editing and animation. Production highlights include Reflections,
a large-scale animated outdoor projection show conceived/directed by A.R. Tsangari, commissioned for the new Acropolis Museum opening (2009),
and Yorgos Lanthimos’ first three films: Kinetta (2005), Dogtooth as an associate producer (2009), and Alps (2011). In 2010, Haos produced Attenberg,
written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards®.
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