From each period in our history we receive something. In this particular time, I perceived suppressed emotions, incomplete pictures flashing by, dangling stories that strive to become action - but drained of color and quickly disappear. It is more a passive observation than an active one, fantasy more than fulfilled wishes. It΄s as if the acceleration of change has destroyed our sense of time, the limits of life have been replaced by a swaying audacity and eternity.
I wanted to reveal this peculiar sense of dangling in the movie’s narrative, to plainly present the men and women characters and their incomprehensible behavior, so that after the movie ends we wonder about them, we search for clues.
The story of ‘Close…So Close’ is part of this strange world, where a glance back at the person you just hit with your car doesn’t seem to register as fact, it’s forgotten immediately. Where love is overwhelmed by exhaustion, burdened by the weight of the past. Where depriving your lover of joy seems fated.
The main story is erotic in the classic sense – a love triangle – but the characters in the story happen to live in a time that displaces their identities. They΄re a little lost. I followed their fears, their interrupted words, their tentative caresses, their uncertainty. The sadness that says “Why does it have to be this way?” A kind of mirror – highly subjective and filtered - of ordinary situations in the Athens springtime.
I believe that cinema is the ideal medium to search and penetrate these worlds, through image, music and sound. In searching for the story, the collaborative journey with our actors and crew has been an indelible experience.