Greece picks ‘Unfair World’ for Oscar race

Tsitos pic won two prizes at San Sebastian

MOSCOW — Helmer Filippos Tsitos’ black comedy “Unfair World,” about a disillusioned policeman who sets out to distribute justice by his own humanitarian standards, has been chosen by the Greek Film Academy as the country’s entry for foreign-language film Oscar.

The film — an appropriately poignant social satire with a title that fits Greek’s status as the economic basket case of the Eurozone — swept the board earlier this year, winning four top prizes at the national film awards in Athens, including film, director and actor for Antonis Kafetzopoulos.

The film was produced by Alexandra Bousiou’s Wrong Men in association with Berlin’s Neue Road Movies and the Greek Film Center.

Athens-born Tsitos moved to Berlin to study film in 1991, and has forged a successful career there as a director of TV series, most recently “Der Krimanlist.”

“Unfair World” is his third movie after “Plato’s Academy” in 2009 and “My Sweet Home” in 2001.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for foreign film on Jan. 15. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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