The three finalists speak out

The three finalists speak out

Greek director Filippos Tsitos, Austrian director Feo Aladag and Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse talk about their film and what inspired them to make it.
 
Filippos Tsitos said the theme of his film Akadamia Platanos chose him. “I have been always attracted to stories about disoriented males in their 50s. And for the Greeks, disorientation is a national disease.” The film “tries to reflect the soul of a Greek man, the realization that his life is empty and his absurd need to define himself only through his nationality.”
Read the interview of Filippos Tsitos, the director of Plato's Academy
 
Feo Aladag first got the idea of her film Die Fremde when she had done some film work for Amnesty international on violence against women. She said the core of what moved her “was the universal necessity we have to be loved for ourselves, for our character”. Through the film, she tries to show that society needs to have an open dialogue with its minorities and reach out without condemning or stereotyping them.
Read the Interview of Feo Aladag, the director of When we leave
 
Olivier Masset-Depasse wanted to show the horrors of detention centres for illegal immigrants and the heartbreaking stories of the people who find themselves there. He cooperated with a Belgian journalist and a human rights lawyer to research his film and paid several visits to detention centers himself to get an accurate picture. He said the important thing for him was to raise awareness and touch people’s hearts.
Read the Interview of Olivier Masset-Depasse, director of Illégal