Interview with Filmmaker Alexandra Bekiou (AS THE WAKE BROKE)

AS THE WAKE BROKE was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the September 2021 EUROPEAN Short Film Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to portray rape and abuse differently, or rather to breath on, after watching the Mee Too debate for years. I actually dared to do something that could normally have been filmed differently. But I’m happy that I was able to show that there is another way. I have asked myself the questions or quotes that can be seen in my film since childhood, but I tend to find answers from Greek mythology. Rape doesn’t always have to be sexual. For me, rape also
means taking what is dearest to someone by force.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

I had the basic idea for about 20 years. In February 2019 I started working on the story, and in September 2019 I finished the thirteenth version of the script to visualize the film. The film was then completed in February 2020.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Inner freedom.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The only obstacle to not being able to make the film any longer was the financial aspect.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

The first reaction was numbness. The second reaction was the tears that came over me, and the third reaction was gratitude and the thought that I did everything right. Many have advised me not to invest time in something that
will certainly not go down well with viewers. I am incredibly touched that I have struck people’s hearts with my story and the staging.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I am writing stories for about 40 years now, starting to type on the writing machine of my father, when I was 6 years old. Many years between the age of 26-35 I was more involved in the music business as the film business.

Moving then with 39 back to Germany from Greece, a friend of mine took me onto a Filmset for a long movie he was acting for, just for fun. After many weeks of being on this Filmset, I had the chance to help out as Set Assistant, Set Runner, Assistant Director and being often behind the monitor helped me to see for myself, that I have a good eye on things. Then it just clicked and so I started to visit film festivals, connect with people from the film business, start writing over 3 scripts for long movies and with LEARNING BY DOING, I helped out on many sets as I could. And then I woke up one day and said to me, that it is meant, to become a filmmaker. I am very proud that I have managed with lots of help from others to go this path.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I love this platform. Not only because it is clear and you have everything possible at national and international festivals immediately, but because you can also connect with other artists and filmmakers through this platform. And
that is worth gold.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal? I don’t think you will be surprised now, but it is the Mediterranean cuisine. My favorite food is above all PASTITISIO.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I am currently working on my feature film, the actual story about two people who appear in my short film AS THE WAVE BROKE. The idea was born a long time ago, where a biography of a woman meets a fiction of a man that can, however, be true, for everyone. It is a complicated story with actions that are linked to each other, but in parallel universe. I also unearthed an old script for a satirical comedy because the doors to the Greek film market have finally opened for me, because half the film is supposed to be shot in Greece. For this I now use my chance to finish the script with a friend of mine.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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