Dora Masklavanou

Dora Masklavanou

Greece

Biography

Dora Masklavanou was born in the town of Kavala on the shores of northern Greece. She moved to Athens to study Electrical Engineering at the National Polytechnic School and for a while she even worked for the national electricity provider’s supply systems. Her career took a radical turn when she was casted by the emblematic composer Manos Chadjidakis to act in his seminal piece of music theatre “Pornography”. As an actress, she marked some of Greece’s best films of the 80’s and the 90’s and most notably Nikos Nikolaidis’ “The Sweet Bunch” and Stavros Tsiolis “Please, women, don’t cry”. Her foray in the world of film has been truly remarkable, as Dora has acted as an actress, art-director, line producer, producer, screenwriter, editor, and even singer in more than 20 feature and short films, TV documentaries and dramas. Moving into directing was only a matter of time for Dora. After directing a short film in the beginning of the 90’s, Dora made her first feature TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY in 2001, which was a critical success and an arthouse hit in the B.O.  Her second feature COMING AS A FRIEND was made in 2005 and brought her more attention, including the Jury Award at the Los Angeles Greek FF. Her strong sense of narrative, her actors’ excellent performances and her ability to portray complicated female characters are evident in both of her films and have brought her respect from her peers and the Greek Press, all of whom recognise in her a genuine labourer of cinema and a woman of true talent. Dora’s latest credits include the screenplay of Philippos Tsitos’ new film UNFAIR WORLD, which is selected at the Official Competition of San Sebastian FF 2011. POLYXENI is her third feature film as a director.

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