Greek-Swedish actor and filmmaker Nico Falcone Georgiadis’ latest short film, entitled “The Promenade,” tells the stories of seemingly unrelated lives coming together on the same public promenade.
“The film exposes the problems of our time…it’s a reminder of life, and the fact that you never know who’s passing you by,” Georgiadis tells Greek Reporter in an exclusive interview.
“The Promenade,” which has been shown at countless international film festivals across the globe, including England, Brazil, Greece, India, and the US, has received rave reviews.
“The Promenade” is Georgiadis’ second short film
Georgiadis wrote, directed, and starred in the short film, which has a running time of 16 minutes. When asked which role he most enjoyed, Georgiadis stated that he is a “multi-artist” who “loves it all.”
Despite his many talents, the Greek filmmaker had to face many challenges during the process of making “The Promenade.” Not only did he have a very small budget and a limited amount of time to film due the coronavirus, but Georgiadis faced personal tragedy as well when his mother passed away in Greece during production of the film.
“I almost gave up,” Georgiadis admits to Greek Reporter. Yet he somehow found the strength to continue working on the film, which has been nominated for multiple awards at international film festivals.
The film also highlights narratives of the driver’s passengers, who struggle with contemporary issues, including racism, loss, difference, and immigration.
Greek-Swedish filmmaker Nico Falcone Georgiadis draws on Greek roots for inspiration
Georgiadis’ films, which are focused on the relationship between the self and others, are inspired by his own experience as the son of two Greek immigrants to Germany 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. The filmmaker recalls standing out in that Nordic country because of his Greek features and Mediterranean complexion.
Yet he 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 two films, “Whose Reality 2.0” and “the Promenade,” the Greek creative steps out in front of the camera.
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.”