'Pity' wins big at Greece's Iris Awards

Screen | 4/25/2019 | Alexis Grivas
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The Greek-Polish co-production Pity, an existential drama by Babis Makridis, was crowned best film at the Iris Hellenic Film Academy (HELFIAC) awards on Tuesday evening (April 23).

Steve Krikris’ debut feature The Waiter won four awards, whilst Her Job by Nikos Labot, and Angelos Frantzis’ Still River won three each, including best director for Frantzis and best first film for Her Job.

Pity - Awards - Festivals - Sundance - Rotterdam

Pity arrived at the awards after appearing at festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Odessa (best film and direction), Valetta (best director) and Montenegro (best film). It also won best sound for Stefanos Efthimiou and Leandros Dunis and make up for Evi Zafiropoulou, from seven nominations.

The film is produced by Amanda Livanou (Neda Film), Christos Constantakopoulos (Faliro House Productions), Klaudia Smieja and Beata Rzezniczec (Mandants – Poland). The screenplay, by Makridis and regular Yorgos Lanthimos’ collaborator Efthimis Filippou, deals with a man who becomes addicted to playing the victim.

Pity - Greece - Submission - Language - Category

Pity is expected to be Greece’s submission in the best foreign language category of next year’s Academy Awards. World sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales.

Other winners included the Greek (Anemon Productions), French (Tropical Underground) co-production Obscuro Barroco by Evangelia Kranioti for best feature documentary. The film, which premiered at the Berlinale Panorama,...
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