Greek director Dimitris Argyriou, 25, is temporarily engaged as a volunteer at the music festival Exit and is helping with the taking out of rubbish and litter. This film director and screenplay writer, whose short film Rec was showed at last year’s Cannes Festival, came to Novi Sad in order to gather the material for his future film about Exit Festival and the volunteering experience he plans to continue over the coming year.
As the artist says, in order to acquire hands-on experience of it and eventually transfer it to the silver screen, he needed to get his on the inside and apply for the volunteer’s job at Exit.
– “I love being Greek in Serbia. People here admire my nation. As I love doing volunteering work back home in Greece apart from writing scripts and directing, I decided to come here and become a member of the crew who deals with it at this great festival,” said Dimitris Argyriou, who has already been in Serbia twice before, once in Novi Sad. He explains his visit to Exit Festival last year and how he realised volunteers had access to a lot of people and that they could see and live the festival while doing a good deed.
– “It doesn’t come hard to me to collect trash because that way I have a chance to meet a great number of people, diverse mentalities of people who come to the festival from all over the world. Also I know my work benefits other people who are visitors here and makes me feel even better. One other reason for coming here was to see Arcade Fire, and here I saw them live for the first time,” says the screenplay writer and director from Greece, complementing the organisational aspect of the event.
– “This incarnation of Exit too has great live acts, just like every other before, but I think it was a little more eventful last year. I have had a lot of opportunities to travel to Balkan countries and Serbia is certainly one of the most beautiful ones.
People here are really welcoming and helpful, always willing to help you as a foreigner. Also, our nations are very much alike, both Serbs and Greeks are open and passionate, and girls from these two countries are among the most beautiful in the world,” said Dimitris with a smile. He is situated in the official campsite – Exit Village – together with the rest of the volunteers. He comments on the food he gets to eat in Novi Sad.
– “I love to eat hamburgers from Serbia because they are somehow tastier than back home in Greece. I’ll most probably be staying in Novi Sad until Tuesday, but I still haven’t decided yet. It will be the camp for me until Sunday and then maybe then I stay with some friends I met last year here in Novi Sad. Upon my return to Greece, I’m planning to begin working on the film about Exit and to continue volunteering, and I hope the audiences like my film about Exit just as much as they did the last one,” concluded Dimitris Argyriou.
‘I’ve met Kusturica, I don’t like Bregovic’
At the Cannes Film Festival I got a chance to meet Emir Kusturica, who is a very pleasant and interesting man. I really admire his work because he possesses the skill and talent you can rarely see. When it comes to renowned Serbian musicians, I am familiar with Goran Bregovic, but I don’t like his work,” said Dimitris.