Archive of films Pity / Oiktos

Greece / Poland
2018, 99 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2018

The story of a man who only feels happy when he is unhappy. And to be happy he’s willing to do anything… A brutal comedy about an addiction to sorrow and pity, co-authored by top scribe of the Greek Weird Wave, Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster, Alps, The Killing of a Sacred Deer)


This provocative dramedy, fittingly enacted against a backdrop of Beethoven’s spritely “Ode to Joy” and Mozart’s melancholy “Lacrimosa,” follows the character of the Lawyer, who is looking forward to good health, a sound reputation, and great prosperity. A habitude of sadness, however, propels his life of leisure; his wife is in a coma and he enjoys the pity offered by everyone around him. What happens to a man addicted to dejection after he is “filled with happiness” at seeing his wife restored to the very picture of health? Greek Weird Wave director Babis Makridis invited screenwriter Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, L, Alps, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) to help him construct a measured drama about powerful emotions.

Jiří Blažek

About the director

Babis Makridis (b. 1970, Kastoria, Greece). Selected filmography: The Last Fakir (O teleftaios fakiris, 2005, short), L (2012), Pity (Oiktos, 2018)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Babis Makridis
Screenplay: Babis Makridis, Efthimis Filippou
Dir. of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor: Yannis Chalkiadakis
Art Director: Anna Georgiadou
Producer: Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Śmieja, Beata Rzeźniczek
Production: Neda Film, Faliro House, Madants, Beben Films
Coproduction: Onassis Foundation, ERT, Studio Produkcyjne ORKA, Film Produkcja, Foss
Cast: Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, Makis Papadimitriou, Georgina Chryskioti
Sales: New Europe Film Sales


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