Actress Emma Stone in new silent film by Greek director Lanthimos
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Tackling loss, necrophilia and rugged Greek landscapes, "Bleat" is the pair's first collaboration since their 2019 brush with the Oscars for "The Favourite".
Goats feature prominently, though despite the film's title, no bleating is actually heard.
"There were a lot of goats... I find them fascinating animals," Lanthimos told AFP.
"The landscape itself and the atmosphere there was the first inspiration," he said.
"It was a dream," she told a news conference on Thursday. "If I could only work silently, that would be a delight."
Lanthimos also said he found the experience liberating.
"I generally think that restrictions can help in creating something. When you have too many means at your disposal, you can easily get lost," he said.
Most of the people appearing in the movie are Tinos locals with no acting experience.
"We went round the island, met people and cast them... non-professional actors can be really incredible," Lanthimos said.
"I feel very safe with him, and challenged by him," Stone said.
"What is the point continuing to do this, no offence but, kind of stupid job of acting if you’re not gonna keep pushing and growing and being challenged?"
"Bleat" will be screened at the Greek National Opera on May 6 to 8 with music played by a live orchestra.
The 48-year-old Lanthimos has earned accolades for his absurdist movies that emerged in a so-called "weird wave" that rose around the time of Greece's 2010 brush with bankruptcy.