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A minute with Athena Xenidou Producer/Director for film, TV and theatre

Where do you live?
In Nicosia

Best childhood memory?
When I was six years old and my brother was born!

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Thai restaurants. My absolute fave dish is Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

What did you have for breakfast?
Granola with blueberries

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Even though I enjoy early mornings I get more inspired at late hours… that’s when I’m more creative.
My idea of a perfect night would be going to a James concert with my friends Natasha Sarris, Efi Modestou and Elina Nikolaou!

Best book ever read?
To Kommati (The Piece), a children’s book that I just produced for the stage – playing now at Pantheon Theatre. It’s the most fun play with the most poignantly positive message to take home.

Favourite film of all time?
2001: A Space Odyssey. This visually poetic movie challenges us to break out of the illusion that everyday mundane concerns are what must preoccupy us. That surely we did not learn to think and dream, only to deaden ourselves with provincialism and selfishness.

Best holiday ever taken?
My trip to Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist Kingdom between India and China. Peaceful and untouched by civilization.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
An R&B cd a friend made for me!

What is always in your fridge?
Greens for salad.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
A house with tall trees, plants and flowers and glass windows from floor to ceiling all around, so nature is literally seen and felt from every room.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
To spend time with Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our time, advocate of peaceful activism. He influenced such figures as Martin Luther King. His book Living Buddha Living Christ is always with me.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Be with my beloved son, friends and family on a beach, under the stars, build a fire and sit around it, sharing all the things we are grateful for.

What is your greatest fear?
Not to be there for my son, Alexandros.

Athena Xenidou is the director and producer of interactive children’s play To Kommati (The Piece) written by bestselling Greek author Giorgos Lembesis that is on until June 11 at Pantheon Art Cinema, Nicosia. Saturday: 4pm, Sunday: 11am and 4pm. €12. In Greek. Tel: 70-000190


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