Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Dead Europe 2012

Directed by Tony Krawitz

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.

Australia In English, French, Greek and Hungarian with English subtitles
84 minutes DCP



Emile Sherman
Iain Canning
Liz Watts


Louise Fox. Based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas


Germain McMicking


Alexandre de Franceschi

Production designer

Fiona Crombie

Costume designer

Emily Seresin


Ewen Leslie
Marton Csokas
Kodi Smit-Mcphee


Sydney 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.