GRONINGER PREMIÈRETuesday 16 October
Babis Makridis, GR 2018
A man becomes overly dependent on the compassion of others when his wife falls into a coma. Left to his own devices to deal with such things as the care for his son, the man grows to enjoy the pity of his circle with a passion. People are constantly asking about how he is doing and overwhelm him with consoling glances and hugs. But when his wife wakes up from her coma, he sees the interest shown him shift towards other, fresh suffering. Instead of rejoicing in his wife’s recovery, he struggles with his feelings and misses the attention previously received. His addiction to sadness and pity make him so desperate that he is prepared to do anything to gain the compassion of others.
This dark comedy about negative attention, envy, jealousy and despair is deeply imbued by Efthymis Fillipou’s writing style – the man responsible for the scripts of The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dogtooth and The Lobster. Pity manages to deliver exactly what you would expect from a Greek post-crisis movie: fucked up shit. Just like previous Greek Weird Wave films, Pity is an truly original story of exceptional level, with its own distinctive style. Strongly static camera work and unusual use of colour all add to the mix, making this movie a uniquely memorable cinematic experience.