Pity (Oiktos)

Part of Panorama Europe 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

New York premiere

Presented by the Consulate General of Greece in New York and Onassis USA
Greece/Poland, Dir. Babis Makridis, 2018, 97 mins. DCP. With Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou. Bathed in bright sunlight and rooted in the classic austerity of its controlled compositions, Babis Makridis’s deadpan wonder Pity draws a clear line between the pathos of Greek tragedy and the deliberate weirdness of the New Greek Cinema. In a beautifully modulated performance, Yannis Drakopoulos is a lawyer whose young wife is in a coma. Soon, he becomes addicted to his own sorrow, and cannot even tolerate the upbeat melodies of his son’s piano. At turns absurdist and comic, Pity, which was co-written with Yorgos Lanthimos’s frequent writing partner Efthimis Filippou, is an oddly emotional experience that asks the audience to question the performative nature of emotion—in movies and in life.

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