«Dogtooth,? the Greek nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards has missed out on the Oscar, which went to Danish drama ?In a Better World.?
Yorgos Lanthimos?s film about an overprotective family – Greece?s first nomination in the category since Michael Cacoyannis?s 1977 «Iphigenia» – had not been considered one of the favorites and the Oscar instead went to director Susanne Bier, who had also been nominated in 2007.
“In a Better World» depicts the effects of violence among generations and nations.
Speaking on Saturday during a panel at the Academy’s headquarters, Lanthimos bemoaned the lack of funding for moviemakers in Greece, revealing that ?Dogtooth? cost less than 200,000 euros to make
“It’s really difficult to raise the money,» said Lanthimos. «I did my next film with even less than that.
?I don’t know how much it will cost me in the end. It’s really difficult when the Greek Film Center doesn’t have money. We know the situation with Greece. My next film was approved to be funded by the Greek Film Center, but they don’t have any money.”