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Australia, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Australian Showcase)

Some secrets and superstitions are best left alone.

After the stunning short Jewboy (MIFF 05) and stirring documentary The Tall Man, Australian director Tony Krawitz makes his full-length fiction feature debut with Dead Europe. Based on the novel by The Slap's Christos Tsiolkas, this enigmatic effort unravels a melancholy mystery filled with past failures, present uncertainty and future repercussions.

Shaped by grief and guilt, Dead Europe continues Krawitz's commitment to brave, bold filmmaking. With an Australian-born Greek photographer's first trip to his ancestral homeland at the centre, the visceral film dwells in the unseemly underbelly of the European continent.

Featuring a cast of local talent including Ewen Leslie (Sleeping Beauty), Marton Csokas (South Solitary) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In; ParaNorman, MIFF 12), Dead Europe offers a “dose of arthouse angst with a gothic garnish” - Variety.

Tony Krawitz will be a guest of the festival and will do a post-screening Q&A.

D Tony Krawitz P Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Liz Watts S Louise Fox Dist Transmission Films TD DCP/2012

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