'The Lobster' Finds U.K. Home Ahead of Cannes Premiere

Yorgos Lanthimos' dark all-star comedy is screening in Competition.

Just a couple of weeks off its world premiere in Competition in Cannes, Yorgos Lanthimos' dark dystopian comedy The Lobster has found a home in the U.K.

Announced Friday, the film Lanthimos' English-language debut will be distributed jointly by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution for the U.K. and Ireland and is set for release this autumn.

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, The Lobster is a surreal romance set in a near-future in which singles are expected to find a matching mate within 45 days or else be transformed into animals and released into an area known as the Woods.

Written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou and produced by Lanthimos, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Ceci Dempsey, the film was executive produced by Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender with Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund. It was shot last year in Ireland, with Irish financing coming from the Irish Film Board. Rory Gilmartin was the lead executive for the IFB.

"I’ve wanted to work with Yorgos since having my head thoroughly scrambled by Dogtooth in Cannes six years ago," said Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisitions at Picturehouse.

"The fact this is the first film Picturehouse Entertainment has gone into Cannes Competition with makes it that much more special. Believe the hype; it’s an extraordinary film."

"We are very proud to have worked with Yorgos and his key creative collaborators, together with the extraordinary cast and crew and our brilliant co-producers assembled to make this most unique film," added Andrew Lowe, director of Element Pictures Distribution, which acquired the film at script stage with Picturehouse. "We are particularly pleased that The Lobster has received the honor of being selected for Competition at Cannes this year, which it richly deserves."

Alongside the Irish Film Board and the BFI, where the film was the first to be supported by its minority co-production funding, The Lobster also is backed by Film4, which has three other films in competition, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Greek Film Center.

Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales and has co-repped with CAA for North American rights.