Interview with Filmmaker Evi Tzortzi (ANACHRONISM)

ANACHRONISM was voted BEST DIRECTION at the January 2022 DANCE Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

There was this first idea of a “mechanical” kind of dancing that popped in my head along with images and memories from the movie “Blade Runner”. At the same time I was preoccupied with the relentless question: what does “human” mean, especially today that everything leads to his robotization? Is technology capable of changing his essence, his soul? My motivation was to give my own answers with my film. Eventually, they became questions again.

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

It took me 4 months to finish the film, it was such a creative period of time! What I found really important and interesting in the whole process, is how it can all start with the inspiration of just one person but eventually it needs the co-creative involvement of so many other people to be integrated.

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

A Dystopian Cabaret

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

While I had just started rehearsals for the cabaret dance piece, I suffered a sprain in my left ankle. I had to spend a week without stepping on my foot at all and moving was still difficult for me afterwards. So, there was this challenge which made me and my partner more imaginative while choreographing the cabaret piece.

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

Great joy, how nice to hear comments from people on the other side of the globe! The most interesting and moving part of the feedback video: the light shed to different sides of the film by each one of the viewers. It was really satisfying that they noticed and pointed out the most important aspects of the film.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

From the early age of 11 or 12 I started to create video clips, only in my mind of course, while listening to music. I loved the cinema and watched a lot of movies but when I watched a dance movie for the first time I thought: yes, I would love to do that!

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

“Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott is surely one of my most watched films.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I think what you are doing is satisfying enough! Keep up this great work!

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

My experience from working on the FilmFreeway platform site is very good. FilmFreeway is a very well organized platform that really helps the filmmaker to find all the suitable festivals to his work and transforms the submission of his application to a quick and easy process. I can still remember how complicating was to submit my first dance film to the right festivals!

10. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal? Well, I am a vegetarian, so all kinds of whole wheat pasta with a sauce suitable for me!

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

Starring in a theatrical performance that premieres this spring, for a start. Writing a script at the same time. Furthermore, there are quite a few dance movie ideas I have in mind, I will bring the best of them to life!

By matthewtoffolo

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

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