Greek National Opera & Neon’s Commission ‘Bleat’ to Premiere at the New York Film Festival

By Francisco Salazar
(Photo of Emma Stone in Bleat by Yorgos Lanthimos)

The Greek National Opera has announced that Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s short film “Bleat” will receive its United States premiere at the 61st New York Film Festival.

The film features music by J. S. Bach/Knut Nystedt and Toshio Hokosawa, which will be performed by a live music ensemble for the premiere at Lincoln Center. Starring actress Emma Stone and actor Damien Bonnard, the film is a co-production between The Greek National Opera and NEON, originally commissioned as part of the Artist on the Composer program curated by GNO’s artistic director Giorgos Koumendakis and NEON’s director Elina Kountouri.

The GNO and NEON’s The Artist on the Composer program commissions innovative modern artists, filmmakers, and producers to create new works complemented by live orchestral music.

Bleat” was shot on on the Greek island of Tinos in February 2020 and marks the fourth short film by Lantimos.

The film is set in a rural community in Greece and tell s the story of the death of a much-loved young man (Damien Bonnard) which weighs heavily in the air. Grieving villagers sit around the table at his wake, and a young woman (Emma Stone) lurches between devastation at the loss of her partner and an animal instinct for life.

“Bleat” originally received its world premiere at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera at the SNFCC on May 6, 2022.