Ready for its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sofia Exarchou’s debut feature looks back to the glorious past of a country in constant crisis and forward to an unknown future.
With five major awards, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” was the great winner at the 27th European Film Awards, in a ceremony that took place at Riga’s National Latvian Opera and was unexpectedly funny and upbeat thanks to the German host Thomas Hermanns.
As a member of a cinematic family that already counts three directors (Costa-Gavras, his son Romain and daughter Julie) and a producer (Costa’s wife Michèle Ray-Gavras), Costa’s other son Alexandre, has been combining different talents for years.
This year, the actor, director (he has already directed two short films, to date) and producer Alexandre Gavras is in the spotlight for his already decorated (among other distinctions, first prize at the Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand) short film ‘Avant que de Tout Perdre’, which was directed by Xavier Legrand, and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film.
Isabelle Giordano, the general director of the organization in charge of promoting French cinema around the world, talks to Flix about the ‘recipe for its success’.
It takes more than just making good films. The success and worldwide advancement of French cinema, has been accomplished by means of continuous and very focused work, the greatest part of which has been carried out by uniFrance. Last April, Isabelle Giordano took over as the organization’s general director and is now one of the main figures providing guidelines for French cinema’s extroversion and global propagation. Giordano, is a journalist and film critic and has presented film-themed TV shows for years. Along with uniFrance’s new president, the director Jean-Paul Salomé, Giordano has taken on a truly important task, continuing the work of a long list of distinguished predecessors.
The omnipresent Flix camera caught Athina Rachel Tsangari in a confessional mood at the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where “The Capsule” received its Greek premiere back in November, and recorded her every thought on artistic challenge, fashion, the short film format, animation and genre cinema. With Sundance in full swing and Tsangari back on the snowy slopes of the festival that first welcomed “Attenberg” in 2011, this interview couldn’t be more pertinent…
Has “Attenberg” opened the doors for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s idiosyncratic filmmaking? What were the challenges of creating a film “capsule” as part of an art project? What role does fashion play in perpetuating female stereotypes? Who is the Polish painter Aleksandra Waliszewska and how did her paintings function as a visual screenplay for Tsangari’s avant-garde short?