Scriptwriter of the Month: Nikos Avgoustidis 

Nikos Avgoustidis is Greek scriptwriter and director who is currently in post-production with his second short and in development of his first feature film. We did a short talk with him and if you want to find out a bit more about what he’s working on, check out his MTSW profile here. 

 

• What makes films on your Top 5 list so special? 

Time of the gypsies – True instinctive brutal romantic cinema.

Imitation of life – I love melodramas. Especially this extraordinary remake by Douglas Sirk.

The Battle of Algiers – Someone has to have incredibly deep knowledge – not only of directing – in order to complete this enormous film.

Three Colours Trilogy – This rare combination of religiousness and realism is something I love in Kieslowski’s whole filmography.

In the Mood for Love – From the first minute of this film till the end there is an electric erotic atmosphere that you rarely find elsewhere.

• Why did you decide to go into film?

I studied Medicine.  As   a student I realized that Cinema had a powerful effect on me. After I finished my studies, I decided to go into film trying always to deal with my work ‘’wounds’’ that someone has to find ways to ‘’heal’’ them.

 

• Commercial films or art house?

Art house films with commercial potential and commercial films with art house aura.

 

• How and when did you begin writing?

Writing came as a need to control my first steps of directing as a storyteller. I think gradually I will find my place as a director and I will be more than happy to cooperate with other scriptwriters.

 

• Where do you like to write the most?

Always in my place.

 

• What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

Usually Zbigniew Preisner.

 

• Where do ideas come from?

There will always be a distant existing memory with a tiny crack that makes me doubt the reality of things.

 

• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

Inside the cracks of the previous question.