Pity (Oiktos)


Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 7, 2018 3:30 PM
Rafael 3 Tue, Oct 9, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:99 min.
Director:Babis Makridis
Producer:Amanda Livanou
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Klaudia Smieja
Screenwriter:Efthimis Filippou
Babis Makridis
Cinematographer:Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor:Yannis Chalkiadakis
Cast:Yannis Drakopoulos
Evi Saoulidou
Nota Tserniafski
Makis Papadimitriou
Georgina Chryskioti
Evdoxia Androulidaki
Print Source:New Europe Film Sales
Note Writer:David Fear


There are grief-stricken men, and then there’s the hero of Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis’ biting satire, Pity: an unnamed lawyer (Yannis Drakopoulos, Chevalier) whose wife is comatose. Between trips to the hospital to visit his unconscious spouse, he spends his days taking care of his son in their lavish apartment, enjoying the Mediterranean seaside, and accepting tea and sympathy from concerned friends. Soon, he realizes that he’s starting to enjoy the kind of attention and gifts that his wife’s ailment is bringing to him, and that’s when the black comedy really kicks into gear. Birthed from the same cinematic new wave that’s given us Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) and Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg), this deadpan take on the addictive qualities of the sorrow and the pity—which Makridis co-wrote with Lanthimos’ regular screenwriting collaborator Efthymis Filippou—is the perfect introduction to a bold new cinematic voice.

Additional Information

Babis Makridis was born in Kastoria, Greece, in 1970. He studied film direction at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He started working as a director in 2000, directing countless commercials and video clips. His short film, The Last Fakir (2005) won the Newcomer’s Prize at the Drama Short Film Festival, Greece. His debut feature, L (2012), was presented in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and many other international festivals. Pity is his second feature film.