Giannis Georgiou’s latest short film TWO BROKEN HEARTS has already secured a few honors, including participating in the this year’s Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, and screening at this year’s upcoming Valley Film Festival in California. Indeed this is just the beginning of what we to hear about this young director, who wrote, directed and acted in his short film, TWO BROKEN HEARTS-a quirky black musical comedy about everything going wrong after two souls meet in a train, have some drinks and decide to share a room.
As a graduate from the prestigious National Technical University of Athens, Georgiou studied architecture, but as a teen wanted to draw comics and write scripts for comic novels. Following his true passion, after graduation, Georgiou went on to participate in a one year program at London’s National School of Film and Television, in which he says opened his eyes to the art of filmmaking. There he explored his creativity, studied acting and worked on commercials, in a period of his that that he says matured him and made him appreciate Hollywood, and what it had to learn from.
Now, with a few projects under his belt, Georgiou is ready to gain exposure in the United States, and create opportunities for himself outside of Greece where he says enthusiasm isn’t encouraged. “We are used to things not working properly. The proof is that so many go out of Greece and do great things.” Greek filmmakers are in fact getting attention. For example Giorgos Lanthimos’ DOGTOOTH which won Oscar praise. “I loved DOGTOOTH,” says Georgiou with a smile, “but when I watched it with my friends in London they did not understand the undercurrent of reality, or the big truth behind the message.”
Georgiou’s favorite movies? APOCALYPSE NOW, GOOD BAD & UGLY and Woody Allens movies.
Georgiou will be attending the North American premiere of his short film, TWO BROKEN HEARTS at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California on November 12th @ 10:30 PM.
More information about filmmaker Giannis Georgiou, can be found here.