TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE
in Art & Science
27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
Making cinema in Greece is a particularly controversial task due to the lack of funding. Iakovos Panagopoulos presents his film Flickering Souls Set Alight, a political film that highlights one of the harshest faces of the economic crisis in the country. The story takes place in 2017. The inability to financially support her husband Aris (who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) has Persefoni get confronted with extreme existential challenges. This film emerged after two years of research in the homes of patients suffering from motor neurone disease, and according to Panagopoulos it became a faithful representation of the reality of many of his Greek fellow citizens with a lyrical touch influenced by modernism.
Dr. Iakovos Panagopoulos is Assistant Professor in “Film Production Specializing in Creating Audiovisual Narratives” at the Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University. He focusses on the combination of practical filmmaking and academic research and his book, “The Third Path in Cinema: The Academic Filmmaker Model”, is the first published in Greece that deals with film practice research field in academia. He is an award-winning director with short fiction films such as Flickering Souls Set Alight (2019) and Allimonò (2020) and documentaries such as A Quest for Eternity (2020) and Iannis Xenakis: Music of the Universe (2023). He is a member of the Scriptwriters Guild of Greece and the Greek Directors Guild. He integrates StoryLab (Skills Training for Democratised Film Industries) in the UK and InArts Lab (Interactive Arts Lab) at the Ionian University in Greece.