Kino International has picked up Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth for US distribution. MK2 is handling worldwide sales and French distribution.

The film, which won the top prize in Un Certain Regard sidebar and the Youth Prize at this year’s Cannes, is screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Dogtooth, a metaphorical film with socio-political messages, follows a father convinced that the best way for his children to remain uncontaminated by the world is to completely cut them off from it.

“It’s a hilarious absurdist statement about the complications of life in the 21st century,” said Donald Krim, president of Kino International.

Earlier this year, Lanthimos received the special jury award at the Sarajevo International Film Festival while the film’s stars, Mary Tsoni and Aggeliki Papoulia also took best actress prizes at the festival.

MK2, which is handling world sales and French distribution, also completed sales on the film this summer to the UK (Verve), Spain (Avalon), Australia (Madman) and Benelux (Filmfreak). Lanthimos’ second feature will open in Greece via Feelgood Entertainment on October 22.