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Meet the Sundance Filmmaker #34: Babis Makridis, ‘L’

Meet the Sundance Filmmaker #34: Babis Makridis, 'L'

After generating buzz with an excerpt from his feature directorial debut “L” at the 2011 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis is bringing the entire finished film to Sundance to screen it in the World Drama Competition. The film boasts a script penned by Efthymis Filippou (“Dogtooth”, “Alps”).

What It’s About: It’s about a man who lives in his car. He is 40 years old and although he does not have a lot of free time, when he has he chooses to spend it with his family. He meets his wife and two children at a specified day and time in car parking lots. His job is to locate and bring the finest honey to a 50-year old man. A new driver shows up and the man gets fired. Disappointed, he decides to leave his car behind. The Man’s life changes and he finds it absurd that no one trusts him anymore.

Says director Makridis: “I was born in 1970. I lived near a lake for the first 18 years. Then I moved to the city. I have a wife and an 11-year-old boy. I don’t drive a car. I like Samuel Beckett and Robert Bresson. I believe Sonic Youth is the next big thing after Velvet Underground. That’s why my wife slams the door of the music room. I direct commercials for a living. I like my job. I wrote and directed one short film called “The Last Fakir” in 2005. It was a story for an escape artist. “L” is my first feature film. I hope we meet again with the second one.

“I made an effort to avoid watching films that might have similarities with “L.” I didn’t want to have recent references. In any case, references are inside us from all the films we have seen and love. This is a common answer, but this is the truth.

“I was drinking a lot of espressos while we are shooting. Hopefully, our movie doesn’t have the espresso nerve effect.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

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