Killing My Girl

A young South Asian woman lives in London with her husband and in-laws. Being miles away from her own family, in an alien city, she is forced to undergo sex-selective abortion against her will. The film becomes a psychological portrait of hers, while she has to deal with personal fears, long-standing cultural norms as well as other people's desires.

  • Tasos Giapoutzis
    Director
    Metamorphosis (2014), It's a Good Life (2013)
  • Tasos Giapoutzis
    Writer
    Metamorphosis (2014), It's a Good Life (2013)
  • Michael Carter
    Producer
  • Tasos Giapoutzis
    Producer
  • Samila Kularatne
    Key Cast
  • Kanchan Raval
    Key Cast
  • Ludovic Moktary
    Key Cast
  • Vinod Ghei
    Key Cast
  • György László
    Cinematographer
  • Marios Kleftakis
    Editor
  • Milica Todorovic
    Production Designer
  • Karol Sapiński
    Sound
  • Michael Carter
    Sound
  • George Xoulogis
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    RED HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • 11th International Short Film Festival FENACO
    Cusco, Perú
    November 12, 2014
    South America Premiere
  • 8th THESS International Short Film Festival
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    October 25, 2014
    Europe Premiere
  • 1st International Women's Short Film Festival
    Chennai, India
    October 6, 2014
    World Premiere
  • 14th International PeterKIT Film Festival
    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    October 17, 2014
    Russian Premiere
  • 4th Pune Short Film Festival
    Pune, India
    December 30, 2014
  • 12th London Short Film Festival
    London, UK
    January 9, 2015
    UK Premiere
  • 2nd Las Condes Short Film Festival
    Santiago, Chile
    November 20, 2014
    Chile Premiere
  • 5th NOFI Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    March 20, 2015
    North America Premiere
  • 3rd Hermosillo International Film Festival
    Hermosillo, Mexico
    December 9, 2014
    Mexico Premiere
  • 10th NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Film Festival
    London, UK
    November 21, 2014
  • 34th Black Maria Film Festival
    Jersey City, USA
    February 5, 2015
    Director’s Choice Award – 3rd Prize
  • 2nd IMA International Film Festival
    Kerala, India
    December 9, 2014
  • 7th Wirral International Film Festival
    Wallasey, UK
    December 10, 2014
  • 2nd Kanyakumari International Film Festival
    Kanyakumari, India
    December 21, 2014
  • 8th British Shorts Film Festival
    Berlin, Germany
    January 15, 2015
    Germany Premiere
  • 4th El Corto del Año Film Festival
    Madrid, Spain
    January 1, 2015
    Spain Premiere
  • 2nd Goa Short Film Festival
    Goa, India
    May 29, 2015
  • 4th International Euro Film Festival
    Malaga, Spain
    December 25, 2014
    Spain Premiere
    Art, Human Rights, Drama, Women, Social categories Winner
  • 16th Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
    Muskogee, USA
    April 10, 2015
  • 3rd Asians On Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    March 4, 2015
  • 6th Festival de Cine de Castilla-La Mancha
    Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    April 1, 2015
  • 17th London Asian Film Festival
    London, UK
    March 24, 2015
  • 12th Ffresh Festival
    Cardiff, Wales
    February 22, 2015
  • 1st Root Film Festival
    Athens, Greece
    February 25, 2015
  • 3rd Silk Road Film Festival
    Dublin, Ireland
    March 18, 2015
    Ireland Premiere
  • 12th International Solidarity Film Festival
    Navarcles, Spain
    April 30, 2015
  • 3rd Corto Helvetico al Femminile International Short Film Festival
    Tessin, Switzerland
    March 6, 2015
    Switzerland Premiere
  • 10th ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
    Paris, France
    April 10, 2015
    France Premiere
  • 3rd BIOBIOCINE Concepción International Film Festival
    Concepción, Chile
    April 23, 2015
  • 1st Nevada Women's Film Festival
    Las Vegas, USA
    March 14, 2015
  • Learning on Screen Awards 2015
    London, UK
    April 23, 2015
    Nominated for Best Student (Undergraduate) Film
  • 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
    Houston, USA
    April 10, 2015
  • 3rd Friss Hús International Short Film Festival
    Budapest, Hungary
    March 25, 2015
    Hungary Premiere
  • 2nd Mia Film Festival
    Manaus, Brazil
    May 10, 2015
    Brazil Premiere
  • 10th Women's International Film & Arts Festival
    Miami, USA
    March 20, 2015
  • 9th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    June 3, 2015
  • 2nd Florida Movie Festival
    Casselberry, USA
    May 1, 2015
  • 3rd Student Art Festival
    Goldenrod, USA
    May 31, 2015
  • 14th Strawberry Shorts Film Festival
    Cambridge, UK
    June 5, 2015
  • 3rd Kraljevski Film Festival
    Kraljevo, Serbia
    September 2, 2015
    Serbia Premiere
  • 4th No Gloss Film Festival
    Leeds, UK
    October 10, 2015
  • 8th International Film Festival Under the Moonlight Islantilla Cinefórum
    Huelva, Spain
    July 1, 2015
  • 2nd SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    July 23, 2015
  • 5th Indian Film Festival The Hague
    The Hague, The Netherlands
    October 7, 2015
    The Netherlands Premiere
  • 13th Solidarity Film Festival of Guadalajara
    Guadalajara, Spain
    September 29, 2015
  • 2nd Imperfectu: International Film & Gender Studies Festival
    Tijuana, Mexico
    July 18, 2015
  • 13th Festival of Mediterranean Short Film Tangier
    Tangier, Morocco
    October 5, 2015
    African Premiere
  • 2nd Taratsa Film Festival
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    August 19, 2015
    Best Cinematography Award
  • 9th I Will Tell International Film Festival
    London, UK
    August 30, 2015
  • 1st Ciampino International Film Festival
    Ciampino, Italy
    July 24, 2015
    Italy Premiere
  • 5th Bengaluru International Short Film Festival
    Bengaluru, India
    August 30, 2015
  • 5th Micro μ Festival
    Various places, Greece
    October 1, 2015
  • 6th Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    September 10, 2015
  • 8th London Greek Film Festival
    London, UK
    October 19, 2015
    Best Cinematography
  • 4th Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
    Mallorca, Spain
    November 10, 2015
  • 4th Delhi International Film Festival
    New Delhi, India
    December 5, 2015
Director Biography - Tasos Giapoutzis

Tasos Giapoutzis was born and raised in Kavala, Greece. After completing his studies in Civil Engineering in Thessaloniki, he moved to UK where he studied Media Production (Moving Image) at the University of Bedfordshire, receiving the Outstanding Contribution Award. Having received the Jubilee scholarship, he continued his studies and in 2015 he graduated with a Master's degree in Film Production from the same University.

His films have participated at numerous international film festivals worldwide. It's a Good Life, his first short film, was selected for the 3rd Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York and won the New Director Odysseus Award at the 6th London Greek Film Festival. Metamorphosis was nominated for Best Art/ Experimental Film at the 19th Portobello Film Festival in London. Killing My Girl, his first fiction short film, premiered in UK at the 12th London Short Film Festival, having participated in total at over fifty-five international film festivals to critical acclaim.

He has already been selected for several international workshops including the Go Short Talent Campus in Nijmegen, Netherlands and the Talent Development Campus in Cork, Ireland. While developing his personal projects, he works as a freelance filmmaker in UK as well as internationally.

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Director Statement

The more I was researching the subject of sex-selective abortion, the more I realized its scale. As it was expected, female feticide is the most common form of selective abortion. Statistics showcase the magnitude of that. By 2011 over 160 million female feticides have happened worldwide. Such practices appear to take place mostly in China, India and Pakistan. However, scholars call attention to the rest of the world as well, as the phenomenon has expanded to the West.

I am Greek, having been educated in England, affected by European cultural traditions. However, the film deals with the story of a South Asian woman and her family. Under any perspective, my connection with Asian societies and customs is limited. I have personal experience though of Asian communities residing in Europe and especially in England. I wanted to combine all this elements together in the film; embed my personal aesthetics into a story with Asian fundamentals, having Europe as the backdrop. In that way, it becomes multi-layered. It starts having additional themes such as crossing borders as well as the idea of home and the reminiscence of it.

I have always wanted Killing My Girl to be a sheer expression of my personal vision. I wanted to express the characters’ reality in the way I understand it. I did not worry at any moment of showcasing lack of verisimilitude in the expression of the events. I only cared about the verisimilitude of the events themselves.

The script is written in an entirely subjective way. The story is being told through the main character’s eyes, implying that any stylistic choices made, should express her mentality. Making the film in black and white was a decision that had to be thought exhaustively before moving ahead with it. I have always been certain though that that would be the clearest expression of the psychological as well as physical state of the protagonist during the period of her life depicted in the film. Being a pessimist played a role as well I guess. As BélaTarr uses black and white to express his personal pessimism on the world, I used it to express my personal repulsion and disappointment on humanity.

It is a personal film through which I have learned even more about myself. Most importantly, though, I learned to care more about the world around me. It made me even more anxious to use my cinematic voice and speak about it, to express myself. As James Lee Burke said, “There is no higher form of artistic expression then film”. And I am afraid I have to agree with him.

Tasos Giapoutzis, London, 9 May 2014.