After the screening of International Competition Group B films, director Miguel Gomes and director Daphné Hérétakis talked about their films
At 3:15PM on Sunday, November 22nd, in International Short Film Completion Group B, three films were screened. “Redemption” by Miguel Gomes, “Archipelagos, Naked Granites” by Daphné Hérétakis, and “The Aquarium and the Nation” by Jean-Marie Straub.
In “Redemption,” four different people who live in different places and time write letter about their apologies. This movie is configured from each character is reading their letters and footage of 1970’s.
Director Hérétakis filmed interviews with Greek people in “Archipelagos, Naked Granites.” In this movie, she asked Greek people about their “hopes,” “ loneliness,” and “pressures.” Through many different interviews, she tried to show Greek people’s now and their hopes and opinions for government and find their “real words.”
“The Aquarium and the Nation” was constructed with two pictures; fishes swimming in a tank and a men reciting a novel by Andre Malraux. Through two unrelated pictures, the movie expresses human’s unchangeable destiny like a fish can never see the tank.
After the screening of short films, we had a talk show with director Miguel Gomes and director Daphné Hérétakis, and they talked about their films.
Director Gomes said he comes up the idea of this movie when he was invited to film school in France and worked on making film with students. In this film, there are four characters; a boy emigrated from Angola to Portugal, a bride cannot get Wagner’s opera from her head, a man regret not being a good father, and a old man remembers his first love. Director Gomes approached to darkness of people struggling sense of sin even they have never done major mistake. He said this film was his ambitious work because he could connect two antithetical concepts, personal emotion and the masses. He used a lot of footages from 1940’s, and he expressed, “I can’t help thinking as the emotion and the force of pictures portrait undergrounds, like one of characters said “The line is fruit of pictures.”
Director Hérétakis is half Greek and half Italian, and she studying film in France. One day, she came up that she wanted to film “state of mind whose people live in Greece,” then she started making “Archipelagos, Naked Granites.”
While she interviewed with Athens citizens, she asked them challenges city facing, personal troubles, and complaining to the government. Each interviews disclose what is current Greece and show their future. Then, she explained why she filmed this movie by interviewing people, “I am not good at thinking something by myself, so I hope to meet someone and make a film. By contrasting people’s words and their internal, I would like to picture inside their mind. In the end of this film, there is a scene that the Parthenon, which symbol of Greece, collapses. About this scene, she said, “For Greek people, the Parthenon is always in front of them, but they can never own by themselves. At this moment that the extremer right political party has been expand their power in Greece, I would like to rethink what the Parthenon is for us.”