Greece – Nikoletta Vaxevani, Mikrokosmos (Athens)

Greece - Nikoletta Vaxevani

Cinema for me is…

Nikoletta in 23 Frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words.
I(1) am(2) not(3) good(4) at(5) describing(6) myself(7) in(8) ten(9) words(10) .

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: Noticing things, sometimes at least. Worst habit: Drinking too much tea.

3. Your dream job?
Radio-producer-documentary-filmmaker-voice-actor, is this too much?

4. What do you like most about your country?
Vitamin Sea, small towns with lovely people and of course the food.

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Spinach pie.

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
“Απόηχος”: Literally it means echo, though what I like the most about this word is its metaphorical use, which means the aftermath of something.

7. What European capital have you visited lately?

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
I am currently living in Denmark, but I also want to live in France at some point.

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Connection of people and cultures, mobility and security.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014, US)

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
The open-air cinema Vithleem in Heraklion, Crete. I like that you can watch films under the stars.

12. Who is your movie hero?
Various characters played by Peter Sellers.

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
Scout Finchette.

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
It is impossible for me to have only one favorite scene, so I will describe one of the recent additions in my favorites list.
In the last scene of Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski,2018, PL) , we watch Zula and Wiktor sit side by side on a bench, which seems to be in the middle of nowhere in the country. We hear the calming sounds of nature and watch the two tragic lovers waiting patiently for their lives to come to an end. This scene portrays the beautiful, yet bitter end of two souls that were painfully connected, thought their lifelines only aligned for only very few and precious moments. So they choose to die together and to remain united, for what they believe will be, forever.

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Sibel (Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti, 218, EU)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018, PL)
Faces and Places (Agnès Varda, JR, 2016, FR)

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Paloma, The Hedgehog (Mona Achace, 2009, FR)

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Song: Daylight by Max Richter, soundtrack: The last note by Τhe Boy.

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014, US)

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Adele Exarchopoulos.

20. Which talent would you most like to have?

21. What is your most treasured possession?
My books.

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
To keep going.

23. What is your motto?
“Que sera sera”.

NikolettaVaxevani is the Ambassador of Mikrokosmos. Find out more about the Cinema here.