Kala azar

At the margins of a city somewhere in the south of Europe, a young couple start their day with their job routine: collecting deceased pets from homes and taking them to a pet crematorium. Outside of their job’s constraints, they also collect and cremate roadkill found during their drives. In this desolate environment, the couples’ stoic perseverance creates a space through which their love grows until the moment they have a car accident and cause a roadkill themselves…


2020-The Netherlands, Greece

Directed by: Janis Rafa
Written by: Janis Rafa
Cinematography by: Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC
Edited by: Patrick Minks
Cast:Pinelopi Tsilika (female), Dimitris Lalos (male), Michelle Valley (mother), Tassos Rafailidis (father), Oğuz Han Kaya (Oğuz)
Producer: Digna Sinke
Co-producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Produced by: SNG Film
Co-produced by: Heretic
Supported by: Nederlands Filmfonds, Mondriaan Foundation, Greek Film Centre, ERT

  • Rotterdam IFF, Tiger Competition | KNF Award (World Premiere)
  • Andrey Tarkovsky IFF Zerkalo Competition
  • Galway IFF Beach FF
  • New Zealand IFF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Hong Kong IFF, Young Cinema Competition | Special Mention
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Calgary IFF

“…is something rather special. It’s foetid and atmospheric, a feral scavenger of a film” Screendaily

“Visually and aurally, the film strives to replace an anthropocentric gaze with something closer to a canine grammar. And the results are unsettling as they are captivating.The Film Stage

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