Regissör: Gavrill Tzafkas
Gavrill Tzafkas was born in 1986. Graduated from the Film School of the Aristotle University in 2010 with MA in Film Directing. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and S16/Nordisk Film. His short films have been awarded more than 30 times while his first feature film, [Thorn], received the Eurimages Lab Award in Thessaloniki Film Festival.
In a linear narration “Thorn” could be told as a story of a young couple who after few years loses the freshness and the power of the emotions and forget what they really wanted when they were young. However, they get the unique opportunity to forgive each other. To me, this is already by itself a moving, powerful and universal story. But I was looking for something more. Under the influence of nostalgia for my home, I began to think over parallel lives and parallel worlds. I am myself existing in Greece and in Denmark at the same time. I pondered on the concept and sensation of time through this way. What is reality? What is true to us: our present actions or our past memories? What happens to people who feel that they sacrificed their lives for a purpose, who still believe that they could have a different life, who live more in their memories than in their present actions? Do we have fear or faith? These are some of the thoughts that are the spine of “Thorn”. My goal is to emphasise the small moments through minimal aesthetic, few shots and natural light. The challenge for me is to bring out and to visualise what is happening in the souls of our characters. That’s why, we chose the forest as the main set of this story; it’s a primitive and organic continuity of our characters’ internal world.