Cannes: Alchemy Nears Deal for Festival Hit 'The Lobster'

Colin Farrell stars as a man who must find a mate in 45 days, or be turned into an animal.

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' surreal parable The Lobster is nearing a deal with Alchemy for U.S. rights after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15 to rave reviews.

The movie, which marks Lanthimos' English-language debut, is set in a dystopian near-future in which people are transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a matching mate within a designated time period.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star, with Farrell's character checking into the "hotel" for single people that gives him 45 days to find a mate. But when things go terribly wrong, he escapes and joins a group of rebel singles in the woods, where he falls in love.

Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly also appear in the film, which screened in competition.

Lanthimos' first three films were Kinetta, Oscar-nominee Dogtooth and Alps.