The Basics of Killing
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A nameless married couple unable to have children hires a young surrogate mother and brings her to live with them in their villa. While the husband is working, the wife and the girl develop a friendship. But the wife’s cheerful façade hides a corrosive depression which starts to break through. After a conflict with the girl, the wife goes for a ride. The following morning the husband receives a phone call: his wife is dead, her burnt remains have been found in the crashed car. What begins as a social drama, develops into a full-fledged neo-noir thriller. The competition program of the 2013 ZFF hosted Avranas’ award-winning controversial film Miss Violence.
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Greek director born in Larissa. His debut feature Without won seven Greek State Awards at the Thessaloniki IFF. Avranas’s next feature Miss Violence was awarded teh Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice. His American debut True Crimes starred Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.