VASSILIS VAFEAS TRIBUTE (4)

Vasilis Vafeas was born in 1944 in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Athens and film at the Sorbonne and Stavrakos school. Besides directing, signs the script and the production of films of following the development of the project at each stage of production. He began his career in the period 1973-1977 with two short-length films and three documentaries, and debuted with the masterpiece "Eastern region" in 1979.

In his films are always distinct experiential element but discontinued or gradually outweighed by the advent of the imaginary that gives a more complex dimension of reality which is a natural consequence of the fact that several of the extremely scenarios resulting from automatic writing method. Accordingly, as a designer, his fascinated by everyday human stories while at the same time attracted from tipping as it focuses on what happens to the characters of his films when collapsing cornerstones of society as a good job or an arranged marriage.

Watching the work of this tireless filmmaker convinces that comedy is nothing but a tragedy seen a long time later. That over time you discover (along with causes and purposes) the humor of a tragic situation.

For years, being on a path rotations apparently renews him, poised between film and theater (counts eleven partnerships with the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the Municipal Theatre of Veria, Kavala etc.) but without confuse roles and functions between the lens and film in the theatrical plank. Moreover transformed depending on the work they produce is expected since, as argued he himself, in an area such as the Greek cinematography forced to write the script, you get involved with casting or editing, working with much your close people ... Being a filmmaker-orchestra.

Ελλάδα/Greece, 1993, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Σεν./Scr.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Φωτ./Cin.: Κώστας Γκίκας/Kostas Gikas. Μοντ./Ed.: Χρήστος Βούπουρας/Hristos Voupouras. Μουσ./Mus.: Δημήτρης Παπαγγελίδης/Dimitris Papagelidis, Στέφανος Βασιλειάδης/Stefanos Vasileiadis. Ηθ./Cast: Γρηγόρης Σεμιτέκολο/Grigoris Semitecolo, Νεφελη Ανθοπούλου/Nefeli Anthopoulou. Παρ./Prod.: Ελληνικό Κέντρο Κινηματογράφου (ΕΚΚ), ΕΤ1, ΣΙΓΜΑ ΦΙΛΜ. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 63΄.

The Cosmic Dissecting Room Show is first and foremost a representational happening of avant-garde painter and visual artist Gregory Semitecolo. The painter decides to present this particular work on Samos island. The camera records, at the same time, the artistic happening as well as the reactions of locals towards complex art.

Along with " Cosmic Dissecting Room Show" there will be a screening of "Polytheama", the 16min film by Lakis Papastathis which depicts (for ERT’s "Backstage" series) the show presented in 1994 at the Athens Concert Hall by V.Vafeas, respectively based on the same work of Gr. Semitecolo.

ΚΟΣΜΙΚΟ ΑΝΑΤΟΜΕΙΟ - Γρηγόρης Σεμιτέκολο 1

Ελλάδα/Greece, 1984, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Σεν./Scr.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Φωτ./Cin.: Ντίνος Κατσουρίδης/Dinos Katsouridis. Μοντ./Ed.: Ντίνος Κατσουρίδης/Dinos Katsouridis. Μουσ./Mus.: Άκης Λυμούρης/Akis Lymouris, Στέλιος Λαζάρου/Stelios Lazarou. Ηθ./Cast:Κώστας Βουτσάς/Kostas Voutsas, Καρυοφυλλιά Καραμπέτη/Karyofyllia Karabeti, Γιάννης Γκούμας/Yannis Goumas. Παρ./Prod.: Σύβιλλα Κατσουρίδη/Syvilla Katsouridi, Σίσσυ Βαφέα/Sissi Vafea, Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas, Ελληνικό Κέντρο Κινηματογράφου (ΕΚΚ), ΕΤ1, ΣΙΓΜΑ ΦΙΛΜ. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 107΄.

Odysseas, a typical petty bourgeois, married and father of two, is working in the accounting department of a large company. When he's suddenly fired, at the same time his family is away on vacation, he starts wandering aimlessly around an empty, summer Athens with the compensation money in his pocket. In this wandering he meets a girl who represents his lost youth. The wandering feels like a dreamlike journey between Athens and Hydra full of surprises, funny moments, but also anxiety. A reality forgotten due to his conventional routine.

Ο ΕΡΩΤΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΟΔΥΣΣΕΑ - Ο Κώστας Βουτσάς με τον Μηνά Χατζησάββα και την ομάδα χορού της Κατερίνας Ροδίου

Ελλάδα/Greece, 1999, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Σεν./Scr.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas. Φωτ./Cin.: Κώστας Γκίκας/Kostas Gikas. Μοντ./Ed.: Κώστας Ιορδανίδης/Kostas Iordanidis. Μουσ./Mus.: Μιχάλης Χριστοδουλίδης/Michalis Christodoulides. Ηθ./Cast: Κώστας Βουτσάς/Kostas Voutsas, Νίκος Πουρσανίδης/Nikos Poursanidis, Ελευθερία Βιδάκη/Eleftheria Vidaki. Παρ./Prod.: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vasilis Vafeas, Κώστας Γκίκας/Kostas Gikas, Ελληνικό Κέντρο Κινηματογράφου (ΕΚΚ), ΕΤ1, ΣΙΓΜΑ ΦΙΛΜ. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 98΄.

Thanasis, a divorced, popular comic actor, spends every Saturday with his teenage son. But on this particular Saturday, Thanasis has to face various business problems and his theatrical premiere of a Goldoni play which the Italian president is expected to attend, while, his son tries to organize his first erotic rendezvous.

Along with the "Every Saturday" there will be a screening of «Work In Progress ... RISALTO», a 15min glance at the highly anticipated V.Vafeas’ film "Risalto" starring Nikos Poursanidis and Amalia Arseni, music by Thanos Mikroutsikos, filmed in natural setting of Athens’ center, Drapetsona, Perama and Faliro.

ΚΑΘΕ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ - Κώστας Βουτσάς και Νίκος Πουρσανίδης