Most people in Greece know Rafika Chawishe from her theatrical work and recently, from her cameo appearance in Alexandros Avranas’ ‘Miss Violence’.
A graduate of Greece’s National Theater School and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, with additional studies in Philosophy in Athens and Linguistics in London, Rafika Chawishe has managed to build an impressive resume despite her young age.
The Bavarian-born director Claus Drexel has spent most of his life in Paris. He has worked as both a sound engineer and cinematographer for production companies in France and the U.S. Drexel has also directed opera performances and cinematic works of fiction. ‘Au bord du monde’ (‘On the edge of the world’) participated in Cannes last year and has since travelled to numerous festivals. Flix recently caught up with Drexel and discussed his new film.
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.
Shortly before the world premiere of ‘At Home’ at the 64th Berlinale, its creator talks to Flix about a crisis much deeper than the financial one.
Enquiring for more information about the film, and what necessitated it, the director tells us “At Home was simply a story I had to tell.”
After two feature-length works of fiction, documentaries and experimental short films that were filmed in Germany, where Athansios Karanikolas lives and works, ‘At Home’ was filmed in Athens during the summer of 2013. It was a matter of urgency for the director, who returned to his homeland to talk about the current state of affairs, using as a back drop a crisis much greater than the financial one; that of moral values.
Recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’, Phedon Papamichael recently had a humorous and passionate talk with Flix.
Phedon Papamichael has the makings of a man who could have as easily been found standing in front of the camera lens, or perhaps he would have been tucked away somewhere, writing volumes of literature. Instead, he is one of the world’s most distinguished cinematographers, nominated for an Oscar this year, for his work on Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’.