Greek director Avranos seeks to give voice to domestic violence victims with ‘Miss Violence’

Patricia Thomas, The Associated Press

Director Alexandros Avranas poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Miss Violence at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)

Director Alexandros Avranas poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Miss Violence at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)

VENICE, Italy – Greek director Alexandro Avranas says he was seeking to give domestic abuse victims a voice in his deeply disturbing movie “Miss Violence.”

Avranas said in an interview that the film was based on a true story in Germany about a grandfather who prostituted his daughter and his granddaughters to his friends.

The director said he was driven to make a film to “speak all about these children who have no voice. “

He said while the actors grew depressed due to the movie’s subject matter “they had the feeling that they are helping other persons to stop doing this, to see a way to make a revolution.

That was our hope, our motive.”

The film premieres Monday in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

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