'The Lobster' Trailer: Colin Farrell's Single Man Tries to Find a Mate to Avoid Becoming an Animal

'The Lobster,' Yorgos Lanthimos

The English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth won Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2009, The Lobster stars Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Rachel Weisz. The offbeat plot is set in a dystopian near-future in which singles are required to find mates within 45 days or else they are turned into animals and set loose in the wild. (Sales: Protagonist Pictures)

Rachel Weisz also stars in the bizarre love story set in the near future that won Cannes' Jury Prize and marks the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Colin Farrell's single man has 45 days to find a mate, or he'll be turned into an animal in the trailer for Cannes Jury Prize winner The Lobster.

In the preview for the bizarre love story set in the near future, Farrell's David is shown being taken to a hotel, where he informs the woman checking him in that he's on his own for the first time after his 12-year marriage recently ended. He's told of the rule that if he fails to find a partner during his month-and-a-half stay, he'll be turned into an animal. If that happens, says David, he'd like to be a lobster. He's accompanied by a dog, who he says is his brother.

"He was here a couple of years ago, but he didn't make it," David tells the front-desk clerk.

David then is shown awkwardly mingling with his fellow hotel guests, all of whom seem uninterested in his advances.

But it seems there's hope for David after he meets Rachel Weisz's character, when she catches a rabbit in the forest. The two are shown getting close to each other and (trying) to walk hurriedly along the side of the road.

"I can't go much faster," he tells her. "These trousers are too tight. I'm sorry."

The Lobster marks the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman co-star.

Reviewing The Lobster out of Cannes, The Hollywood Reporter called it a "hilarious and hauntingly surreal parable."

Alchemy acquired U.S. rights to the film. The movie also is set to play at the Toronto, New York and London film festivals.