Skin Deep – An Hymn to Eros is short film from Greece, represented this year at the Cannes Short Film catalogue and Short Film Corner. Read our interview with the director, Angelina Voskopoulou.
What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?
Some of my art work over the past years has been focused on ‘minimal movement’. My view regarding the power of that which is minimal has been reinforced by research, the application of ideas and the results from previous research. The movement of a unit is considered to be that which drives all things. I don’t wish to lead anyone to wonder about the physical world and its laws or create religious questions regarding God and creation. The project is centered on Man and his inner world.That which I call minimal movement, is the internal movement, internal action or intensity and how everything doesn’t necessarily have to entail external action. Even total lack of movement indicates internal intensities, conflicts, disputes and concerns.
Skin deep is an experimental film, an Hymn to Eros….
It is as if the earthly face of love captures the divine light and once more reveals, in its clarity, the invisible – what is on the other side – digging into matter you find the soul. As if all things complex and multiple are led to the one essence… “To be able to accept this world as it is, to be able to understand that the evidence of the senses is deceptive, one needs to teach one’s mind to reason otherwise. A different honing of the senses and a different function of the mind, at deeper levels are called for in order to conceive of the invisible and the inconceivable behind the visible. You want to love, but you also want to suffer because that’s true love, otherwise it’s just routine. Love and death complement each other in a different way in each person , but they always co-exist. As long as it co-exists with the mystery of death, love(lust) for life grows, becomes stronger and is more inspirational. However a relationship based on true feelings cannot be one-sided, peaceful. It might always oscillate and go through several stages, show several faces. But behind those faces, behind temporary sorrows, joys, pleasures, there is something that endures and shows us that we are not alone. We and ourselves, maybe the greatest sacrifice is surpassing yourself. And when I try to do that I tremble at how small I am… so weak and so mortal.
Love…this word that dominates the senses…which has never been deciphered. I believe that’s where its magic lies. I wouldn’t like to lose this magic, wouldn’t like to shed too much light on it, because that is when it’ll become irretrievable. I’ll play with it, Like I did when I was a little girl playing with dreams…not fearing they don’t exist. I liberate myself of the anxiety of the status of love and hold on to its meaning…when I touch lyrics and make images…you can only feel the true happiness of being human if you bleed, if you shed tears, if you taste new things, if you let yourself change through your relationships.
Some words overwhelm you like an alien spirit and you surrender….
It’s the words. Commonplace words making up uncommon sentences, strange words carrying an unutterable weight, words set one after the other so as to create images, feelings, little lights illuminating wide streets. And then there’s also the magic. That inexplicable magic of some people’s words that you know to be right upon hearing them, you know them to be yet another key to one of many doors…
Who is the target audience of your film?
This can be wide ranging, from language, visual content and the message that a particular film tries to get across.short films are often created in order to create director awareness or to pitch an idea about a potential feature length film… anyone can get inspired by the film, I suppose . Dancers, photographers, art lovers, directors,experimental film lovers or creators…
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
Well, as at any market, there are hundreds of films in the videotheque library [a digital library of all the short films, accessible to buyers even after the festival is over].Thats a very good promotion of a film. you can parlay that into being able to get your film in front of other programmers… it’s a great experience to really open your eyes to the business side of the film industry. You get a huge education in how films are bought and sold.
The Short Film Corner doesn’t accept every film – I know this as I had friends who didn’t manage to get in. Thankfully mine was accepted though and it’s a great way to attend the festival on a budget. You get access to pretty much everything – premieres, market screenings… the lot. Its a great experience!
You can find the growing list of interviews of the Short Film Q&A from Cannes, here: http://www.daazo.com/cannes2016qa