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, 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

“With an eye for still-life photography superbly lensed by Thodoros Minopoulos, Kala Azar’s animal welfare message is simple, heartfelt and brilliant.” Sight & Sound

“…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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