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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.29.13] Greece drama

The last few years have proven great for Greek filmmakers making a splash internationally. The new wave which saw its beginning with Giorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth is still going strong and filmmaker Alexandros Avranas is shaping up to be this year's Greek golden child of weird.

Miss Violence is the story of an 11 year old girl and the events that unfold after she commits suicide on her birthday. Social Services comes investigating, looking for hints as to why a child would jump out the balcony window on her special day and what they find is an apparently normal family dealing with the loss of their child. Except the little girl's brother drops hints that everything isn't as clean an orderly as the family home suggests and that the family is hiding a secret.

As has become somewhat typical of the Greek offerings, the trailer plays out with happy scenes before slipping in a tidbit of brutality, all set to music that doesn't seem to fit, in this case Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love," delivering a trailer which suggests something sinister under the surface. In a word: creepy.

Miss Violence is set to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

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