22/01/2014

Tough Topics: A Workshop with Alexandros Avranas

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Miss Violence, a film by Greek filmmaker Alexandros Avranas about a seemingly inexplicable suicide of an 11-year-old girl during her birthday party, was followed by a workshop with the author in the crowded Damned Yard Theater of Küstendorf.
Avranas then explained his motives to tackle such a difficult issue of child suicide and domestic violence, reflecting on the very core of cinematographer’s art.

I wanted to communicate with people and not just shock… I had to leave out a lot. Cinema is art of making stories and creation of images. So viewer must be protected… But I decided to show some graphic scenes because I wanted you to know what we are talking about…

Answering to a question from the floor, Avranas explained how he worked with children and if he had any problems explaining to them what this was all about.

I believe children are young adults. These children had a feeling that they were helping others to come out of this situation. The parents read the script and they were always there during the shooting.

Avranas declined to explain the ambivalent ending of his film. He said he wanted to leave it up for the audience to make their own conclusions.

The author spoke about moral crisis in Greece and in Europe in general, noting the need for courage to openly speak about difficult issues. Avranas absolutely refuted a suggestion that cinema was dead, noting that this form of art was only just over 100 years old and we already speak about death.

It’s dead only if you have nothing to say. Cinema is ideology. It’s what you want to communicate.