Vassilis Mazomenos

Vassilis Mazomenos (Greek: Βασίλης Μαζωμένος; born 1964, Athens) is an acclaimed director and member of both the European Film Academy and the Hellenic Film Academy. He is the founder and director of Horme pictures , . He has 7 feature films credits in his portfolio. Vassilis’ films have been accepted for International participation at the Montreal World Film Festival (2009 and 2012), the Panorama of European Films Festival (1998, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012), the International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) in 2009, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (won awards in 1996, 1998 and 2002), the Cairo International Film Festival (2009), the Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey in 2000, the Pifan International Film Festival in South Korea in 2000, the Sitges International Film Festival in Spain in 1999, the Belgrade International Film Festival in 1996 and 1997 and the Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal (1999 , 2000 2001, 2013 where he won two awards). He recently won the Jury’s Special Award at the Panorama of European Cinema for his latest feature “10th Day” completed in 2012 and currently entering the festival circuit. He has been twice nominated for the Hellenic FilmAcademy awards (2010,2013)  . He was been twice awarded in London Greek Film Festival (2012, 2013) for his films “Guilt” (Best Screenwriting award, Best Photography) and “10th day” (Best film, best direction, best photography). His latest award, in 2013, in Cyprus IFF for “10th day”.

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Within experimental cinema in 1996, Vassilis Mazomenos’ The  triumph of  Time  (O Triamvos tou Hronou) should be mentioned for its ingenious use of computer animation to explore the intellectual trajectory of  Don Quixote through the eyes of Charlie Chaplin in what the critic Babis Aktsoglou called “a filmic opera.

Mazomenos (b. 1964) had appeared with his first experimental film in 1995 with Days of  Rage—A Requiem for Europe ( MeresOrgis—Ena Rekviem gia tin Evropi), an eschatological visual exploration of the last days of Europe, based on the classical myth of  Deadalus and the science-fiction idea of establishing a utopian society through coercion and torture.

Vassilis Mazomenos released his mesmerizing and terrifying apocalyptic phantasmagoria  Money—A mythology of Darkness (Hrima, mia mythologia tou skotous) in 1998. A visual essay on the impact of money on humanity, it is a film that deserves more attention and which proves the potential of new technologies in the creation of a new kind of cinematic language. With this film, Mazomenos created a trilogy of philosophical essays by means of visual experimentations.

His latest films Remembrance (2002)  Words and Sins (2004) and Guilt (2009) received many positive reviews and international recognition; especially the last in which Mazomenos explored narrative cinema through a nightmarish and confronting story.

Vrasidas Karalis, A history of Greek cinema, The  Continuum International Publishing Group, New York  (2012)

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