Yorgos Lanthimos Directs Short Film "NIMIC" For Mini, Droga5 London


Robert Goldrich
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019


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This ScreenWork entry is the trailer for the short film NIMIC, the newest project from director Yorgos Lanthimos (whose feature credits include The Favourite, The Lobster, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer). The 12-minute short, Droga5 London’s first work for MINI, made its world premiere on August 9 at the Locarno Film Festival. 

Lanthimos wrote the short with longtime collaborator Efthymis Filippou. Featuring actors Matt Dillon and Daphne Patakia, NIMIC tells the story of a professional cellist and an encounter he has on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life. Living in Lanthimos’ unique cinematic universe, the film asks questions about identity, perception, relationships and circularity.

Lanthimos said of the film, “I was glad to be given the opportunity to work on a shorter format that can be sometimes challenging but quite rewarding. 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.” 

NIMIC was produced by Rekorder Berlin, Superprime Films and Merman London in association with creative agency Droga5 London. Salaud Morisset handles international distribution for NIMIC

Based on an idea from David Kolbusz, chief creative officer of Droga5 London, NIMIC was made in partnership with MINI as part of its ongoing commitment to celebrate the power of creativity. 


Client MINI Production A Rekorder/Superprime/Merman/Droga5 production Yorgos Lanthimos, director/writer; Efthymis Filippou, writer; David Kolbusz, based on his idea; Adam Saward, producer; Werner Klemm, Alexis Delanque, Jaco Wilkinson, Rebecca Skinner, Michelle Ross, Dan Dickenson, Siobhan Murphy, Chris Watling, Rebecca Lewis, exec producers; Diego Garcia, DP; Jennifer Johnson, costume designer; Daniela Schneider, production designer; Dixie Chassay, casting. Editorial Trim Dominic Leung, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, ACE, editors; Polly Kemp, producer. VFX Untold Stories Alex Gabucci, VFX supervisor; George Rockliffe, VFX artist; Anthony McCaffery, head of production; Ian Berry, exec producer. Postproduction Goldcrest Robert Pizzey, colorist. Audio Wave Johnnie Burn, sound designer/re-recording mixer; Simon Carroll, sound effects editor; Rebecca Boswell, producer. Music Agency Sixtyfour Music Joe Rice, music supervisor.

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