Pity

  • 97'
  • Greece
  • 2018

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.

  • 97'
  • Greece
  • 2018
Director
Babis Makridis
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
Greece, Poland
Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Oiktos
Language
Greek
Producers
Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Smieja, Beata Rzezniczek
Production Companies
Neda Film, Faliro House Productions, Madants, Beben Films
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
De Filmfreak
Director
Babis Makridis
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
Greece, Poland
Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Oiktos
Language
Greek
Producers
Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Smieja, Beata Rzezniczek
Production Companies
Neda Film, Faliro House Productions, Madants, Beben Films
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
De Filmfreak

Programme IFFR 2018

Voices

A harvest of outstanding features, the future classics of arthouse cinema. With the eight nominees for the VPRO Big Screen Award.

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