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'Pity' by Babis Makridis wins big at the Greek Iris Film Awards


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 RiverHer 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 Lentzou

Best Short Documentary Film
Fourth Wall – Dimitris Gkotsis

Best 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 Waiter

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marisha Triantafyllidou – Her Job

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Yannis Stankoglou – The Waiter

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria Filini – Her Job

Best Cinematography
Simon Beaufils – Still River

Best Editing
Yorgos Lamprinos – Obscuro Barroco

Best Original Score
Coti K – The Waiter

Best Production Design
Kostas Pappas – The Waiter

Best Costumes
Katia Goulioni, Ieva Kupcane, Ilze Kasa, Ilze Negribe – Still River

Best Sound (ex aequo)
Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Christos Gousios, Kostas Varibobiotis – 1968
Stefanos Efthymiou, Leandros Ntounis – Pity

Best Make-up
Evi Zafiropoulou – Pity

Best Special Effects
George Alahouzos, Roulis Alahouzos, Antonis Kotzias, Anthi Tsirouki,
YAFKA – Chinatown: The Three Shelters (Cyprus/Greece)