I’m an artist who would love to make a difference, through my movies but also through my actions. I love communicating with the audience and my biggest dream is to leave a small mark in the cinema world. I would love to experiment, narration-wise, as I believe only by taking risks can you develop the art that matters, and that feels relevant to the viewers.
2019 - ROUTE-3, short
2019 - SPARKLING CANDLES, short
2018 - PATISION AVENUE, short
2017 - FOUR DIMENSIONS AND ONE LAMP, short
2015 - POGONISKOS, short
2014 - GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER, short
2013 - THE SUN AND THE WIND, short
It took about two years to develop and fund it, three months of intensive rehearsing, one general rehearsal to establish the quality and only a single long-take-shot to make PATISION AVENUE! It took a lot of great, dedicated partners and some courage to make some bold choices.
Was it difficult to get financing?
In Greece the general rule is that it is difficult to finance anything around the film industry. So, the main difficulty is that I had to wait for quite some time, but thankfully we got the little funding we needed!
Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
A “European Cinema Community” is, for me, a community that believes in auteurs, a community that collaborates when talent is there to help it surface, a community that believes in films as cultural products and a precious form of art. Finally, it is the community that enjoys films from artists dedicated to authentic filmmaking, through which they try to approach their own truth. It’s a film-family that I love to be part!
If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
It depends on my guests of course! I could choose from Terry Gilliam to Aronofsky, from Fellini to Almodóvar, from David Lynch to Charlie Chaplin.
What is your next project?
I have two new short films, after PATISION AVENUE, that just premiered in prestigious film festivals: SPARKLING CANDLES in 43rd Frameline IFF 2019 & ROUTE-3 at 44th Toronto TIFF 2019). I’m also working on my debut feature film PETER AND THE WOLF that we just got the initial funding from the Greek Film Center & Media and I’m also in developing stage of my second feature film project WILD BOARS.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Thanasis Neofotistos
Written by: Pavlos Sifakis, Yorgos Angelopoulos, Thanasis Neofotistos
Produced by: Ioanna Bolomyti, Kyveli Short
Cinematography: Yannis Fotou
Editing: Panos Aggelopoulos
Production Design: Thanasis Neofotistos
Costume Design: Eva Gaitanidou
Hair & Make-up: Eva Gaitanidou
Sound: Alejandro Cabrera
Main Cast: Marina Symeou (mother)
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2019