Where do you live?
I live in Nicosia with my wife Haritini and two kids, Konstantinos and Marilia.
Best childhood memory?
The moments we shared at the ‘magical’ empty plot behind our house. Friends, family, brothers, sister – all there! The transformation – one day a basketball court, the next a battle field, a theatre stage, a soccer stadium, far West, Far East, a film set… getting dark, the day is over and the smell of my mum’s cakes and of course her calling us to taste them magically gets us in the house…
Most frequented restaurant?
My friends and associates who know me, will agree that I really enjoy eating good food, all the time and a lot!! I couldn’t just say one. Restaurants in the city and old Nicosia would be Mouson, Cookshop, Gym, Market Company, in Larnaca, Ammos and in Limassol Fico Café Resto!
What food would you really turn your nose up to?
What did you have for breakfast?
My legendary king of sandwiches – special pastrami, egg and three cheeses with rocket from our garden, tomato and balsamic cream.
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
In our job it’s hard to classify yourself as one of the two. We had shoots that lasted 22 hours in a row. We have day shoots, night shots, day editing, night editing… Therefore, I would say I’m both and I really enjoy it! I like going out for dinners with my family and friends but also getting a chance to practice my salsa dancing!;)
Best book ever read?
The Land of the Golden Apple by Eve Makis that was adapted to a script for our feature film Boy on the Bridge (www.boyonthebridge.com). From the first moment I read it, I knew I wanted to bring it to the big screen. The way it was written created strong images in front of me and it could clearly give me the scent of the setting, the time and the characters. You should read it along with Eve Makis’ other books.
Favourite film of all time?
Cinema Paradiso by Tornatore, combines Italian neorealism with coming of age fairytale. It has it all – romanticism, love, passion and pain, beautiful music by Enio Moricone, children’s first love heartbeats and alternating emotions. It gave me the chance as a director to explore this cinematic language and world, intriguing me to want to make movies!
Best holiday ever taken?
Visiting Cuba in 2001 was a great and colourful experience that will always be in my heart! The music, the people, the dancing, the energy marked me! Travelling and taking photographs but at the same time living not as a tourist but as a local, was/is the only way to genuinely explore and get to know a place.
What’s your dream trip?
I would love to fly to Los Angeles again but this time with my family and travel all the way across to New York.
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Buena Vista Social Club, Coldplay and Patax
What is always in your fridge?
Cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs…
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Our house… it was designed by a friend, Michael Cosmas, who having in mind what we like, want and do created spaces full of light that suited and described our characters, needs and professions. Now, a few years later, the house is filled with our children’s laughter and we feel even more grateful for what we have.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
If it had to do with my work I think it would be Robert De Niro. His whole career as an actor is truly amazing. The wonderful roles he played, his commitment to his trait, his passion that keeps him going for so many years…I think we would have a lot to say!:)
If it were what I really want, it would be to go out for an evening with my mother. We lost her 13 years ago and I miss her a lot.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Relax… it’s not really happening! It’s a movie!:)
What is your greatest fear?
Something bad happening to the people I love.
Tell me a joke…
Q: Why is Peter Pan always flying?
A: Because he neverlands.