Women of Greek Cinema

Being a woman professional in Greek cinema. What does it mean nowadays? Does sexism exist? Is the field, also in Greece, male dominated? What kinds of problems are women faced with? Are female characters real enough, complicated enough, smart enough? What kind of stories do women want to share with the world? How do they hope to see heroines on the big screen?

36 women answer these questions.

Flix.gr, the prominent film portal in Greece, contributes to the international conversation on the place of women in film and the workplace in general, observing that, contrary to many other countries and while having a small market, Greek cinema is filled with female professionals. Is this accurate and why? So we decided to call them out and honor them, by giving them the floor.

Of course, we couldn’t assemble them all. That would have been impossible, there are many more out there, numbers growing stronger by the year. We invited nearly 40 women, representing, at least, two generations, working in key positions in Greek filmmaking, in front of the camera and behind the camera (from directors, producers and DOPs to editors, composers, designers and, of course, actresses) and asked them to talk about their experience in the cinematic workplace.

Flix.gr is looking forward to feeding the conversation with the video below, directed and edited by Nikos Pastras.


Participating: Marli Aleiferi, Eleni Alexandraki, Antouanetta Angelidi, Rea Apostolides, Themis Bazaka, Iro Bezou, Helena Charbila, Fenia Cossovitsa, Maria Drandaki, Sofia Exarchou, Markella Giannatou, Maria Hatzakou, Maria Kallimani, Kora Karvouni, Sofia Kokkali, Valerie Kontakos, Eleni Kossyfidou, Konstantina Kotzamani, Jacqueline Lentzou, Amanda Livanou, Margarita Manda, Dora Masklavanou, Christina Moumouri, Olympia Mytilinaiou, Eva Nathena, Penny Panayotopoulou, Kallia Papadaki, Elina Psykou, Marilena Orfanou, Vasileia Rozana, Eva Stefani, Stella Theodoraki, Elli Tringou, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Pinelopi Tsilika, Phaedra Vokali



Oscars 2014: Alexandre Gavras talks to Flix about the Oscar-nominated short film ‘Avant que de Tout Perdre’

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.

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UniFrance: The French film industry’s not so secret weapon

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.

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