The life of an affluent lawyer is dominated by his comatose wife. People keep asking about her state of health and shower him with consoling glances and embraces. When she unexpectedly wakes up, that comes to an end. Which is unbearable for this nondescript, nameless man. He actually derives his identity from this misery; without sympathy he feels empty. On the outside he remains civilised, but his manipulations to ensure he is thought pitiful acquire pathological forms. Whenever he receives sympathy, dramatic music swells; he has become addicted to it.

This offbeat tragedy is divided into acts, preceded by captions. Babis Makridis wrote this plot-driven follow-up to his debut L again with Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster). The pleasant, orderly, sun-drenched world of the protagonist, played by comedian Yannis Drakopoulos, contrasts with his need for sadness and his absurd and slowly increasingly gruesome behaviour. He will inevitably go off the rails.

Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.

Original title
Oiktos
Filmmaker
Babis Makridis
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Greece, Poland
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
97’
Language
Greek
Producer
Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Smieja, Beata Rzezniczek
Production Company
Neda Film, Faliro House Productions, Madants, Beben Films
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Writer
Efthimis Filippou, Babis Makridis
Cinematography
Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor
Yannis Chalkiadakis
Production Design
Anna Georgiadou
Sound Design
Leandros Ntounis
Cast
Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, Makis Papadimitriou, Georgina Chryskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki