Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster has been pushed back, just 10 days before its scheduled release date.
A24 confirmed today that it had acquired the film from Alchemy, which first bought The Lobster after its buzzy debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Alchemy had previously slated the film for a March 11 release.
The Lobster is Lanthimos’ surreal English-language debut, set in a dystopian near-future where single people have 45 days to find a compatible mate — or else be transformed into an animal and released into the wild. Colin Farrell stars as a man who struggles to connect with anyone until he escapes into the wilderness and meets a group of rebels who’ve sworn off love. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, and Ben Whishaw round out the cast. The Lobster earned rave reviews after its screenings at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. (EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “It’s so bonkers that it shouldn’t work, but it does. Brilliantly.”)
The A24 acquisition could actually be good news for The Lobster: The distributor just won three Oscars on Sunday, earning Best Actress for Brie Larson in Room, Best Documentary Feature for Asif Kapadia’s Amy, and Best Visual Effects for Ex Machina. A24 has not yet announced a new release date for The Lobster, but some additional time could help to promote the film and find it an appreciative audience.