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Dead Europe

Dead Europe

From the award-winning producers of Shame and Animal Kingdom comes the film adaption of acclaimed Melbourne author Christos Tsiolkas’ 2005 book, Dead Europe.

Photographer and gallery owner Isaac (Ewen Leslie) embarks on a pilgrimage of sorts to his recently deceased father’s ancestral home in Greece to return his ashes. Here, he discovers a sickening and insidious secret buried within his family’s past that involves a young Jewish boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Isaac’s world unravels as he realises he cannot escape the ghosts of the past, nor can he run from the secret that threatens to tear his family apart.

An intense and adrenalin-pumping film highlighting deep-seated European prejudices, anti-Semitism, and the drugs and sex culture of backpacker tourism, Dead Europe is the latest release for Australian director Tony Krawitz, adding to his impressive CV of television work (All Saints and City Homicide) and previous film offerings: The Tall Man (2011), Jewboy (2005) and Into The Night (2002).

“The film’s dreaminess is captivating, it moves along like a thriller… Dark, and emotionally claustrophobic… a film that describes a very real horror.” Peter Galvin, SBS


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