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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 October 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2016 17 FEATURE contact, so to speak, with other people, who are at the same time so close and so far away. What does it mean, being a film actor in Greece today? That is a very difficult question. I don't know. I do know that, whatever that is and what it means, you're always looking for something new that will give meaning to your past, or subvert everything. How has the current economic and political crisis affected cinema and the arts sector? I think it is common knowledge that, in times of crisis, art is among the first to pay the price. It is one of the first victims, as if it is to blame. So, everyone is struggling at the moment, and cinema even more so, because it needs a lot of money to exist. There are solutions, but they may not be the best ones. Some will hold on, even barely, and believe me, this is not a pretty sight, it is a thriller. Crisis creates its own needs and its own ways to cope with it; this is what happened to us here. We did movies with next to nothing and these movies travelled the world to festivals and gained awards. They exist and they are a point of reference to us and to others, elsewhere. You have new motivation to create now and you wish, deep inside, for it to go well, so that what you missed in material gain will come in some other form that will keep you alive, wishing that the next one will be better than the last one. It needs great strength, a vivid dream, a clear goal, and most of all, people who will be around when you're about to give up, so that they give you the push forward. That's how the game is played today. Looking back on your career, what would you have done differently? I should have been more careful about some things, but I'm not sure that I'd have done anything differently. Not because I did not make mistakes, or anything. But because that's who I am, that's how I've been thinking, this is what I did. In general, I'd say that I did what I wanted and what I liked. I don't feel that I was wronged by anyone, or that I had to do things I didn't like. On the contrary, it was the others who saw something in me, they showed me my qualities and they put a bet on me. Obviously there have been some mistakes made, but I would not correct them, betraying something that I didn't want to betray. Believe me, this gives me great satisfaction. What part of your life in Australia do you miss the most? I have the fondest memory of Melbourne. It was there that I met people who really aligned their life paths with mine and so, I lived my life with their image in my heart and head. These are the people I miss the most. This city gave me the right to happiness, carelessness, education and exposed me to a world, gaining experience that has helped me immensely in my course of life, in whatever city I found myself, under whatever circumstances. I try to keep an open bridge to work there, because I am always connected to this part of the world, where I have dear friends and beloved relatives. What is the image of Athens that comes to mind, when you think of the time you decided to settle there? My long walks up and down Patission Avenue, thinking "now what?". I follow the same route, this time driving. Which is a good thing, as I 'dirty up' the atmosphere. In any case, Athens is Athens, for me, then and now, it is a familiar place, somewhere I feel comfortable to move easily, not afraid that something I do will be misinterpreted and get me in trouble. Who are your heroes? Those who can stand my thoughts and feelings, the people close to me, my friends − and cinema. Still of Vangelis Mourikis, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros, Sakis Rouvas, Panos Koronis and Efthymis Papadimitriou in Chevalier (2015). If you could become part of any film in history, what film would that be? A film that would speak of someone somewhere, sometime, who lived happily ever after.
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