Australia's Tony Krawitz (Jewboy, The Tall Man) directs the adaptation of The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas' award-winning novel in this searing film about history, guilt and secrets.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2012
“Australian director Tony Krawitz adapts The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas’ award-winning novel in this searing film.” — Sydney Film Festival
Isaac, a young Greek-Australian photographer, is lured into the shadows of his family’s past and his brother’s present in this visceral immigrants’ son odyssey based on a novel by The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas. As the film begins, Isaac is supremely sceptical of suggestions that his decision to return to the ancestral homeland may have triggered his father’s sudden death. Visiting his parents’ village in Greece, he learns that his father had long ago been placed under a curse. Despite the guilt-edged distractions turned on by his beautiful cousin and her louche male friend, Isaac finds it increasingly difficult to ignore the animosity his presence provokes in the village. Ewen Leslie delivers a finely graded performance of spiritual dissolution, while director Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man) metes out a disconcerting journey through an Old World rancid with fear and loathing, and as up-to-date as an anti-austerity riot.