KALA AZAR describes a place that cannot sustain animal life any longer, where a young couple take care of dead animals to give meaning to their own lives.
At the margins of a city somewhere in the south of Europe, a young couple start their daily routine of collecting deceased pets from people's homes and taking them to a pet crematorium. Outside of work, they also collect and cremate roadkill found during their drives. In this desolate environment, the couple's stoic perseverance creates a space through which their love grows until the moment they have a car accident and cause a roadkill themselves...
90' / colour
Genre: drama, experimental, hybrid
Original title: KALA AZAR
Dir: Janis Rafa
Prod: SNG Film (NL) - Digna Sinke
Co-prod: Heretic (GR)
Sc: Janis Rafa
D.O.P.: Thodoris Michopoulos
Completed: January 2020
Cast: Pinelopi Tsilika (ZIZOTEK, LITTLE ENGLAND), Dimitris Lalos (COSMIC CANDY, THE SENTIMENTALISTS), Michelle Valley (DOGTOOTH, SINGAPORE SLING), Tassos Rafailidis (UTOPIA, AN ADULTS FAIRY TALE).
International Film Festival Rotterdam - winner KNF Award, presented by the Circle of Dutch Film Journalists
New Directors/New Films New York
First feature film.
a.o. THIS THIN CRUST OF EARTH (2016, short), WINTER CAME EARLY (2015, short), WHOEVER OWNS THE GROUND, FROM THE DEPTH OF THE EARTH TO THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY (2015, short), GRAVEDIGGERS (2014, short), REQUIEM TO A SHIPWRECK (2014, short).
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