The life of a man who longs to be unhappy, needs to feel sad and is addicted to being pitied. “Pity” deals with the relationship between happiness and unhappiness as it observes from a bittersweet distance how we reconstruct that relationship in our everyday lives. Winner of the Best Film and Best Director award at the Odessa film festival and of the Best Film and Best Actor awards at the Montenegro film festival. “Pity” is among the films shortlisted by the European Film Academy for this year's European Film Awards. In attendance of the cast & crew. Invitation-only
GREECE, POLAND | 2018 | COLOR | DCP | 94' | GREEK
The story of a man who is only happy when miserable, a man so addicted to pity that he does everything to gain it; his life in a world that is not hard enough for him. «Pity» is about how people deal with misery when it mixes with happiness. It’s about the balance between these two opposite terms, their equal importance and their spontaneous, artificial reconstruction in everyone’s daily life.
The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival and has won awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Odessa International Film Festival (Best Film and Best Direction), the Luxembourg City Film Festival (Special Jury Prize) and the Valletta Festival (Best Direction).
DIRECTOR: Babis Makridis
SCREENWRITERS: Efthimis Philippou, Babis Makridis
DoP: Konstantinos Koukoulios
MUSIC: Mikolaj Trzaska
EDITOR: Yannis Chalkiadakis
PRINCIPAL CAST: Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Makis Papadimitriou, Nota Tserniafski, Georgina Chryskioti, Nikos Karathanos, Panagiotis Tasoulis, Evdoxia Androulidaki
PRODUCTION: Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Smieja, Beata Rzezniczek
Pity is Makridis’ second feature film. His first film, L, in 2012, competed at Sundance and Rotterdam and was also screened at various international festivals.