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A man is distraught, sorrowful. With his wife lying in a coma, each day begins in tears. But despite this sadness, he is happy. Showered with pity—from his secretary, his dry cleaner, and a neighbor who brings homemade Bundt cakes—the man realizes how much better his life is. He’s grown accustomed to pity—addicted even. What a vexing dilemma he’d face were his wife ever to recover.

A pitch-dark comedy that would be deeply disturbing if it weren’t so funny, Pity marks the second collaboration of director Babis Makridis (L) and co-writer Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster). Its heavily stylized humor and restrained aesthetic enable a revelatory deadpan performance from comedian Yannis Drakopoulos, his nameless Everyman narcissistically obsessing over the depths of his sorrow (shouldn’t his son play less cheerful piano melodies?) and how it compares to others’ (is it deeper than the woman wailing in the hospital waiting room?). Pity meets these questions with a wry smirk, and an intertitle helpfully reminds us, “It’s your own fault if people stop pitying you.”

Fri. 1/19, 8:45 p.m., Prospector, PC
Sat. 1/20, 6:00 p.m., Tower, SLC
Mon. 1/22, 9:00 a.m., Temple, PC
Thu. 1/25, 10:00 p.m., Holiday 4, PC
Fri. 1/26, 1:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC

YEAR 2018

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Greece/Poland

RUN TIME 97 min

LANGUAGE Greek

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY New Europe Film Sales

WEBSITE www.neweuropefilmsales.com

EMAIL jan@neweuropefilmsales.com

PHONE +48 600173205

Credits

Director
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Co Producer
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Director Of Photography
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Artist Bio

Babis Makridis

Babis Makridis was born in the city of Kastoria, in northern Greece, in 1970. He studied film direction at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He started working as a director in 2000 and has since directed many commercials and videos. His debut feature, L, screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and others. Pity is his second feature film.