Tough Topics: A Workshop with Alexandros Avranas
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.
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.
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.