Next in The Craft of Film series, we look more closely at the craft of editing, as demonstrated in the work of Yorgos Mavropsaridis in 2009’s Dogtooth, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Mavropsaridis joined us for a ScreenTalk with editor Chris Wyatt following a screening of Dogtooth on Thursday 23 February.
After graduating from the Theatre Workshops, Greece and the London Film School in the 70s, Yorgos Mavropsaridis started his prolific career as freelance editor in 1980, gaining him numerous awards along the way, including the Greek State Awards for Enchantress and Touch of Spice, as well as from the Hellenic Film Academy for the Oscar nominated Dogtooth and for Enemy Within. Beginning with Kinetta he has edited films by Yorgos Lanthimos, including the Oscar nominated Dogtooth and the Palme d’Or winning The Lobster. Mavropsaridis has also worked with the Latvian director Juris Kursietis on his Oscar nominated film Modris and Turkish director Kahn Mujdeci on his film Sivas, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice in 2014.
Chris Wyatt has worked with an eclectic mix of acclaimed British film directors from Peter Greenaway to Shane Meadows. Spanning a career of more than forty years, credits include The Pillow Book, This is England and Dreams of a Life. Chris has had a long association with director Yann Demange and edited the critically acclaimed ’71. Chris’s latest project is God’s Own Country with writer/director Francis Lee, which premiered in competition at Sundance this year and had its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
A key film of the Greek New Wave, Dogtooth is the darkly satirical portrait of a family where the parents keep their grown-up children shielded from the outside world. Confined to the family home, they live according to a seemingly absurd system of rules and rituals that prove effective in keeping them in place – at least until there are breaches from outside and within. Considered strange not least because even shocking events are delivered in the most deadpan visual style and at a deceptively calm pace unobtrusively controlled by the editing of Yorgos Mavropsaridis.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.
Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.