23 Sep 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.