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Greece submits Unfair World to Oscar race

Philippos Tsitos’ Unfair World (Adikos kosmos) is the Greek submission to the Foreign Language Academy Award race.

 

The film was selected after having garnered the best director and best actor nods (for the leading player Antonis Kafetzopoulos) at last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. It also swept the floor at this year Hellenic Film Academy awards bringing home four trophies, among them best director for Tsitos and best actors for Kafetzopoulos and Christos Stergioglou.
 
Based on a screenplay by the director and Dora Masklavanou, Unfair World follows a lonely police officer who, fed up with the injustices of the judicial system, decides to grant justice according to his own moral standards.
 
Shot in a linear style reminding of the Kaurismaki approach, this is Tsito’s third feature and reflects the actual moral, social, political as well as financial crisis in the country.
 
Unfair World forms part of  the recent wave of such Greek films much lauded abroad as George Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (nominated in the Academy Awards for best foreign film in 2011 and Cannes Un Certain Regard Grand Prix in  2009) and Alps (best screenplay in Venice 2011; Athina Rachel Tsangaris’ Attenberg also awarded in Venice 2011, Hector Lygizos’ The Boy Eating the Bird’s Food awarded this year in Karlovy Vary and Babis Makridis’ L.
 
Unfair World made also the cut  together with Lanthimos’ Alps  in this year’s list of nominated films in  European Film Academy awards while his second feature Plato’s Academy was awarded in Locarno in 2009 an was one of the three finalists for the European Parliament Lux awards.   

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