In his award-winning film “Whose Reality 2.0?,” Greek-Swedish actor and filmmaker Nico Falcone Georgiadis plays a Greek immigrant taxi driver who has recently lost his daughter and faces discrimination in his new home country.
The film also highlights narratives of the driver’s passengers, who struggle with contemporary issues, including racism, loss, difference, and immigration.
This narrative comes, in part, from Georgiadis’ own experience as the son of two Greek immigrants from Thessaloniki. His parents left Greece in the 1960s in search of better economic opportunities for the family. Nico was born in Germany, but he soon went back to Greece to live with his grandparents.
When he was eight or nine years of age, Nico’s parents took him to Sweden, where they had moved some time before. Nico recalls standing out in that Nordic country because of his Greek features and Mediterranean complexion.
Yet Nico fully embraced his differences, never trying to deny or hide his Greek heritage. He stated to Greek Reporter that he “adapted to two worlds and two cultures,” making him curious about travel and open to cultural exchange with others.
After attending theater school in Sweden, Georgiadis studied acting and directing in Los Angeles, and spent much of his career behind the scenes. However, in his new work, titled “Whose Reality 2.0?,” Georgiadis steps in front of the camera and reveals a narrative which is both personal and universal.
Producing an indie film in Sweden was not easy, according to Georgiadis. The budget for the movie was very limited, and there is a great deal of competition among filmmakers. Despite these obstacles, however, his work has received wide acclaim.
The short film has been featured at the New York International Filmmakers Festival, the London Lift-Off Global Network, and Avalonia Film Festival Florida, and other international film festivals.
Georgiadis is now working on his next film, titled “The Promenade,” and is already planning future projects.
Although the filmmaker wasn’t born in Greece, he considers the country his home, and he looks forward to the day when he can move back and produce films in his homeland. He tries to visit Greece at least once a year.
Georgiadis attributes his passion and drive to his Greek heritage, stating to Greek Reporter: “I will never forget my roots and who I am, what runs in my blood and gives me strength, especially in hard times.”