Janis RafaPinelopi Tsilika, Dimitris Lalos, Michelle Valley, Tassos Rafailidis
The Netherlands, Greece / 2020 / Greek / 91 minutes / Color
Penelope and Dimitris drive, collect and cremate deceased pets, returning with their ashes. They also remove and destroy the carcasses of roadkill left along the roadways of an unspecified Southern European city. This delicate balance between life and death, humans and animals, the natural and the urban world is shattered when, one day, they too hit an animal with their car. Writer-director Janis Rafa’s debut feature is a stark contemplation of loss, mortality, and our self-elected status as both groundskeeper and gravedigger to the living things around us.