Asteris Kutulas’ “Artist’s Corner with Nicos Ligouris”, Film “Dialogue of Berlin”, Sunday, 28.01.2018, 1:30 pm
Artist’s Corner with Asteris Kutulas
Guest: Nicos Ligouris (Filmmaker) – With screening of the film “Dialog von Berlin”
DIALOGUE OF BERLIN: The attempt to explore the peculiarities of the European South and North on the example of Berlin and West Crete and to discover mutual influences of both cultures in past and present.
A filmic journey leads the director from Berlin to Greece and back again and again, he portrays people who commute between both cultures as he visits different places such as a Greek weekly market or the Berlin Pergamon-Altar, to get to the bottom of the nature of the respective cultures.
The reviewer Kalliope Poutouroglou on the subject of the film:
“As an astute observer and accurate commentator, Ligouri’s linear and easily narrated everyday street scenes that he has filmed over the past few years contrasts his complex personal commentary. His goal is not the polarization of north and south determined by stereotypes, but viewing both regions as distinct manifestations of the human condition. ”
TALK IN GERMAN! AUF DEUTSCH!
Nicos Ligouris was born in Athens. After three years studies in low in the University of Athens, he wrote from 1971-1980 film critics for the magazine „Synchronos Kinimatographos“ founded by Theo Angelopoulos. In 1974 he moved to Munich. He is a graduated of the Academy for Television and Film in Munich. He lives in Berlin.
1980 OMIXLI KATO APO TON ILIO / FOG UNDER THE SUN
1989 EREBOS / EREBUS
1994 HERZ AUS STEIN / HEART OF STONE
- Best screenplay at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 1995
2204 KALOKERINES ASTRAPES / SUMMER LIGHTNING
- Best Feature Documentary at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2004
- Best Mediterranean Film at the ECOCINEMA – Rhodos 2004
- Special Mention of the Jury at the 26th Festival du Film Méditerranéen Montpellier 2004.
2007 I ERASTES TIS AXOU / THE LOVERS FROM AXOS
- Fipresci Award at the Documentary Film Festival Thessaloniki 2008
- Greek Film Center Award at the Documentary Film Festival Thessaloniki 2008
- ERT 3 – Broadcasting Award at the Documentary Film Festival Thessaloniki 2008
2008 THEO ANGELOPOULOS SHOOTS “DUST OF TIME”
2011 KSYPNISE O SULTAN AHMED / SULTAN AHMED IS AWOKEN
2017 O DIALOGOS TOU BEROLINOU / DIALOGUE OF BERLIN
- Honorable Mention at the DOCFEST Chalkida 2017
Questions to Nicos Ligouris
by Ina Kutulas
A Greek – for a quarter of a century in Berlin. Does he actually feel like someone who says: I, in the Diaspora, yes! Is he, in a sense, a slide sporus? Ligouris moves back and forth between Germany and Greece, and he reflects on it. Due to the frequent departures and arrivals, as a result of the more intense side-by-side experience of the two countries, the filmmaker perceives unifying and dividing light in a flash. Always aha moments. Even after 25 years? Does he see anything different today than when he came to Berlin, is he impressed today more than at the time, is it more important to him than before or even more important? What does Ligouris think of German in Greece, what about Greek in Germany? How is art production organized? Can he work “better” in one of the two countries? What would that be “better”? In Greece the light? Or in Germany? How do aesthetics and art forms mix in a Greek-German artist’s life? What impulses does Nicos Ligouris learn in Germany to make films he does not get in Greece, which in Greece he can not have in Germany? How well do the people of both countries know each other? How good are the artists? How good are the filmmakers? What does Greek cinema know about what people in Germany do not know about Greek cinema? Which Greek and German directors would bring together Nicos Ligouris in roundtables? What would he let her talk about? How did Germany change him as a director, as a person, as a diary writer? What has he done to preserve his Greek nature? Films on which five topics would he do, could he realize them without restrictions? How does he see the role of television in Germany and in Greece? Does Nicos Ligouris have “his Germany”?
“Dialogue of Berlin” – a “diary film” – what gave the trigger to make this film? Nicos Ligouris keeps diary in two countries, starting in 2015. He deals with the passion of German artists and philologists in the 18th century, who were inspired by the ancient Greek culture and they felt so related to her that they wanted to adapt to her. “On the foundations of the stranger they found their own. German culture flourished. I try to slip into the skin of these people, “reads Ligouris. So does the Greek Ligouris meet the ancient Greek man Ligouris, passing through a German of the 18th century? What is still immanent to “the Germans” of today of these 18th century Germans? How much Goethe and Winckelmann did Ligouris discover or miss? Is “Dialogue of Berlin” the film diary, which is based more on a Greek or on a German aesthetics? And: Can such questions ever be asked?
HELLAS FILMBOX BERLIN – Artist’s Corner with Asteris Kutulas
Also every day at Hellas Filmbox 2018 in URBAN SPREE: Free Entrance / Free entry in Greek Market, Café Shop, Food Track, Red Bar Movies & Drinks – all in one of the most popular places in Berlin, at one of the most known film festivals in Berlin.