Babis Makridis film Pity has been crowned Best Film at the tenth annual Greek Iris Film Awards.
The film, Makridis’ sophomore effort, was originally screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and offers a bleak, deadpan comedy.
Produced by Amanda Livanou and Christos Konstantakopoulos, with Klaudia Śmieja and Beata Rzeźniczek, Pity also won two technical prizes, for Best Sound and Best Make-up.
Elsehwere Still River, Her Job and The Waiter emerged as other successful feature films from the awards.
The full list of winners from the 2019 Greek Iris Awards:
Best Film Pity – Babis Makridis (Greece/Poland)Best Documentary Film Obscuro Barroco – Evangelia Kranioti (France/Greece)Best Short Film Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year – Jacqueline LentzouBest Short Documentary Film Fourth Wall – Dimitris GkotsisBest Director Angelos Frantzis – Still River (Greece/France/Latvia)Best First-time Director Nikos Labôt – Her Job (Greece/France/Serbia)Best Screenplay Marios Piperides – Smuggling Hendrix (Cyprus/Greece/Germany)Best Actor in a Leading Role Aris Servetalis – The WaiterBest Actress in a Leading Role Marisha Triantafyllidou – Her JobBest Actor in a Supporting Role Yannis Stankoglou – The WaiterBest Actress in a Supporting Role Maria Filini – Her JobBest Cinematography Simon Beaufils – Still RiverBest Editing Yorgos Lamprinos – Obscuro BarrocoBest Original Score Coti K – The WaiterBest Production Design Kostas Pappas – The WaiterBest Costumes Katia Goulioni, Ieva Kupcane, Ilze Kasa, Ilze Negribe – Still RiverBest Sound (ex aequo) Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Christos Gousios, Kostas Varibobiotis – 1968 Stefanos Efthymiou, Leandros Ntounis – PityBest Make-up Evi Zafiropoulou – PityBest Special Effects George Alahouzos, Roulis Alahouzos, Antonis Kotzias, Anthi Tsirouki, YAFKA – Chinatown: The Three Shelters (Cyprus/Greece)