Greece – 2020
Directed by: Janis Rafailidou
Script: Janis Rafailidou
DOP: Thodoros Mihopoulos
Cast: Penelope Tsilika, Dimitris Lalos Michele Valley
Kala azar describes of a place that cannot sustain animal life any longer. In a big city somewhere in the south of Europe, a couple takes care of dead animals and abandoned roadkill as an act to give meaning to their life. Kala azar is a meditation on the paradox of life-circles among beings of different species. A film about existence, on the boundaries between living and dead, human and non-human.
Janis Rafailidou completed her education in Fine Art at the University of Leeds (2002-2012) with a doctorate in video art practice and was a resident at the Rijksakademie (2013-2014) with a scholarship by Alexander S. Onassis Foundation
Her first feature fiction film, Kala azar (2020) had its world premiere in the Tiger Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (KNF award), followed by a Dutch cinema release (Aug 2020).
Calgary International Film Festival 2020
Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2020
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2020
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival 2020
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2021
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland 2020
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2020