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A defunct Greek resort town, inhabited during the off-season by migrant workers. A plain-clothes cop with a passion for automobiles, tape recorders and Russian women investigates a series of recent mur­ders in the area. He enlists the help of a photo-store clerk, a loner type who is a part-time videographer for local functions, and a young hotel maid, who per­forms the role of the female victims. This oddball trio engages in a succession of murder re-enactments, directed by the cop with exhaustive attention to detail but questionable scientific purpose. "This description suggests Kinetta might be a naughty kink-fest. But there's a stony calmness to it, with little dialogue or music and no firm conclu­sions. The film is, by turns, harsh, mysterious, ob­scure, striking, involving and compellingly driven. At times it appears to be about nothing; at other times, it addresses numerous possibilities. All this is just as Lanthimos planned: he wants his movie to be as many different things as possible… Kinetta was shot with a handheld camera, one that wobbles and glides and occasionally misses the actors; again, part of the design. Lanthimos wanted the camera 'to really interact with the actors and improvise as they did. It was also about letting mis­takes in, and not really being stylized about framing, to let it be spontaneous, not perfected in every area. Which in the end makes it stylized.'" Michael Leo

Production + World Sales: Haos Films

Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos, Yiorgos Kakanis

Cinematographer: Thimios Bakatakis

Sound: Stephanos Efthimiou

Producer: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Cast: Evangelia Randou, Aris Servetalis, Kostas Xikominos

Format, screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.66, Color

Running time: 95 minutes, 24 frames/sec.

Language: Greek

Funded by:

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