Kinetta... a desolate Greek resort town, inhabited during the off-season by migrant workers. In this colourless setting, the film studies the cryptic activities of an inscrutable trio: a plain-clothes cop with a passion for cars, tape recorders and Russian women;
a loner clerk who is a part-time photographer; and a hotel maid
with aspirations to be an actress. They barely speak, passing the time by staging outlandish re-enactments of local murders. Their efforts are obsessive, the details exhaustive, their purpose... questionable.
Available for the first time anywhere in the world on home video, this darkly comic and compellingly hypnotic film is the extraordinary debut feature of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps and the forthcoming The Lobster), one of Greek cinema's most acclaimed new directors.
The DVD is presented from a new director-approved HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound, and also features an exclusive new interview with director Yorgos Lanthimos filmed at Tate Modern, London.
• Presented from a new HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound, approved by the director.
• In conversation with director Yorgos Lanthimos - a new and exclusive feature filmed at Tate Modern, London.
• 12-page booklet featuring a new essay by writer and critic Michael Ewins.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere home video release.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay – Yorgos Kakanakis, Yorgos Lanthimos
Director of photography – Thimios Bakatakis
Editor – Yorgos Mavropsarides
Sound – Stefanos Efthimiou
Production Design – Anna Georgiadou
Producer - Athina Rachel Tsangari
2005 Toronto International Film Festival / Discovery Section
2005 Thessaloniki International Film Festival / International Competition
2006 Harvard Film Archive, Boston / 'New Films from Europe'
2006 Berlinale, International Forum of New Cinema
2006 Film Comment 'Selects', Lincoln Center, New York
"Unique and defies genre categorization... The film is, by turns, harsh, mysterious, obscure, striking, involving and compellingly driven" Toronto Film Festival Daily
"Imagine a minimalist anti-CSI with almost no dialogue, an elliptical narrative and the most vertiginous, twitchy handheld camerawork since the Dardenne Brothers' Rosetta
and you're in the right ballpark" Film Comment
"A languid, elliptically fractured, and maddeningly opaque, yet strangely transfixing and, on rare occasion, even sublime meditation on ennui, desolation, and ritual... an incisive exposition on loneliness, longing, and the human search for transitory connection" Film Ref. Com
"Kinetta is a film which crawls under the skin and remains there; one doesn't so much remember as become haunted
by it" Michael Ewins