Yorgos Lanthimos, director of “The Favourite” and “The Lobster,” is best known for films set in surreal, sometimes bizarre worlds populated by deadpan protagonists with dark secrets. “Nimic,” the Oscar-nominated filmmaker’s latest work, is no exception in this regard. Matt Dillon stars as a beleaguered cellist whose life is upended by a chance encounter on the subway.
But the film is a short, weighing in at under 12 minutes, a rarity for Lanthimos. The trailer (above) doesn't give much away, but a mystery slowly unfolds, leaving even more questions by the end than answers.
"Nimic" is made in partnership with Mini and Droga5 London, the agency’s first work for the brand since winning the Mini Electric account in Feb. 2018. Based on an idea by Droga5 London Chief Creative Officer David Kolbusz, the film was written by Lanthimos and longtime collaborator Efthymis Filippou.
It premiered last week at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, and the team is eyeing other film festivals around the world later this year. "Nimic" was produced by Rekorder Berlin, Superprime Films and Merman London.
“I was glad to be given the opportunity to work on a shorter format that can be sometimes challenging but quite rewarding,” Lanthimos said in a statement. “We developed a script starting from a very intriguing initial idea and concept and enjoyed great creative freedom during the realization of the film. It is always very exciting to be invited to think outside the box and wrestle with stimulating ideas.”