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KINETTA

Feature film, 35mm, 95 minutes. [2005]

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

 

Kinetta. A Greek defunct resort town, inhabited during the off-season by migrant workers.

A plain-clothes cop with a passion for automobiles, tape recorders and Russian women, investigates a series of recent murders in the area. He enlists the help of a photo-store clerk, a loner who is a part-time videographer, and a young hotel maid, who will be performing the role of the female victims. This oddball trio engages in a succession of murder re-enactments, directed by the cop with exhaustive attention to detail but questionable scientific purpose…

The photo-store clerk develops a crush on the maid. He takes hot baths to get over her. The cop is desperately attracted to the latest BMW model. Frustrated and incomplete without his dream car, he drives a go-cart and has manipulative afternoon trysts. The maid throws herself into her acting challenge with determination, trying her best to become the perfect victim. Her many scrapes and bruises – badges of her work ethic – make her a regular at the local hospital, with the photo-clerk as her chagrined escort.

We know nothing more of these people. Not even their names. They will disappear in the first flood of summer vacationers.

SCREENING HISTORY

“Discovery” Section, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2005

International Competition, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2005

“New Films From Europe”, Harvard Film Archive, USA, 2006

International Forum of New Cinema, Berlinale, Germany, 2006

Film Comment “Selects”, Lincoln Center, New York, USA, 2006

Los Angeles International Film Festival, USA, 2006

Libertas Film Festival, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2006

Calcutta International Film Festival, India, 2006

“Entrevues” Festival International du Film du Belfort, France, 2006

Boston International Film Festival, USA, 2007

“I Mille Occhi”, Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2007

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CREDITS

CAST

Evangelia Randou

Aris Servetalis

Kostas Xikonimos


Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Producer: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos, Yorgos Kakanakis

Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis

Editor: Yorgos Mavropsarides

Assistant Director: Kostis Papadakis

Production Designer: Anna Georgiadou

Sound: Stephanos Efthimiou


HAOS FILM Production

Co-producers: BABY FILMS, MODIANO S.A., TOP CUT, STEFI PRODUCTIONS (all Greek companies)

Distributed by: HAOS FILM

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