Babis Makridis: “L” is a film to be watched with eyes wide open

“L” director Babis Makridis talks to Flix about the experience of making his debut feature, his festival travels to Sundance and Rotterdam, stunt-dogs and the new place name for Greece (in the film world at least): Absurdistan!

Babis Makridis made a surprise entrance in the homegrown movie scene. Although he had already made a short film, “The Last Fakir”, which had won him the best newcomer award at the Drama International Short Film Festival in 2005, and was one of the most sought-after directors in the advertising industry, his existence was somewhat of a mystery.

When it was announced that “L” was chosen to premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, winning another competition slot at Rotterdam directly after, expectations started to rise.

In the following interview, Babis Makridis introduces his own version of the Highway Code, which doesn’t include motorcycle helmets, nor seat belts for that matter. He explains the mysteries of “L”, he talks about what makes a film dramatic, comedic or even tragicomic and questions the existence of the “weird wave of Greek cinema”. He also airs his and co-writer Efthymis Filippou’s dirty laundry, explains why he went with a detached acting approach and what he expects from his first close encounter (of the feature kind) with Greek audiences.

“L” is released domestically today, challenging viewers to keep their eyes wide open, even if they’re bulging.

Click here for a full review of the film.