Kala azar

by Janis Rafa


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, ERT

Supported by: Nederlands Filmfonds, Mondriaan Foundation, Greek Film Centre


-Rotterdam IFF, Tiger Competition | KNF Award (World Premiere)
-Andrey Tarkovsky IFF
-Zerkalo Competition
-Galway IFF
-Beach FF | Best Film
-New Zealand IFF
-Melbourne IFF
-Hong Kong IFF, Young Cinema Competition | Special Mention
-Vancouver IFF
-Calgary IFF
-Nederlands FF | VEVAM Fund Prize
-Black Canvas IFF, Competition | Best Cinematography
-La Roche-sur-Yon
-Mostra de Valencia
-Sao Paolo IFF
-Thessaloniki IFF, Competition
-New Horizons IFF
-Scanorama FF
-Lo schermo dell’arte
-Ljubljana IFF
-Exground FF
-Iffi Goa
-Chennai IFF
-Pune IFF

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