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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 October 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2017 19 CINEMA Yannis Sakaridis Filmmaker Yannis Sakaridis talks about Athens, racism and his film Amerika Square, Greece’s official submission for the Oscars, which screens at the Greek Film Festival in Melbourne and Sydney Makis Papadimitriou portrays Nakos Yannis Stankoglou and Ksenia Dana as Billy and Teresa in Amerika Square. item that can be safeguarded by someone leaving their home in Africa or Asia to travel under adverse conditions towards Europe or Australia. Furthermore, a tattoo is the same in every skin colour, every race. ‘Refuse to sink’ is the most popular and common tattoo among refugees travelling by boat. It is the tattoo shared by Billy and his friend Teresa. ‘Refuse to sink’ is also a good motto to live by: keeping on making cinema and dealing with the crisis. In the words of Billy: "Even ink, the humble ink, lasts longer than us, longer than our loves, our sweat, our body even. A year and a half, it takes a year and a half for a tattoo to disappear, after you die..." Greek cinema is blooming, lately. Do you think there is a new school of Greek filmmakers? Yes, this is clear to me; there is a current and contemporary Greek cinema which is definitely political. For me it all started with Constantine Yannaris and his film From The Edge Of The City. It is a seminal film, marking the beginning of a new era for cinema in Greece. What does 'Greek cinema' mean today? Cinema is a universal spiritual experience, unique and capable to open new ways for discovery - outwards, but mostly inwards. Amerika Square is Greece's official submission for the Academy Awards. What does this mean to you? Responsibility, heaps of work and a chance for distinction. * Amerika Square screens in Melbourne at Palace Cinema Como on Friday 13 October, and in Sydney on Friday 13 and Saturday 21 October at Palace Norton Street. For more info visit greekfilmfestival.com.au Vassilis Koukalani portrays a Syrian doctor trying to leave Greece. an unemployed man in his late thirties, becoming racist. Yannis Stankoglou portrays Billy, a tattoo artist risking his life to help refugees. Themis Bazaka, Makis Papadimitriou and Errikos Litsis.
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