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Interview: Filmmaker Christos Nikou Chats About His Delightfully Romantic and Weird Movie ‘Fingernails’

When I was at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, I was so surprised by Fingernails. I went in blind, not knowing at all what to expect. What I got was a movie equal parts funny, romantic, and weird. In many ways, that’s my personality in a nutshell, so it’s a film I was immediately sucked into. Recently, I was able to talk with co-writer/director Christos Nikou about this wild vision. Today, that conversation comes your way.

Back at Telluride, I raved about the movie here, including this bit about Nikou:

Filmmaker Christos Nikou really announces himself here. Nikou’s direction is somewhat simple, but very strongly clicks with the material. Keeping all but the made up technology essentially unseen gives the work a timeless quality. The screenplay he wrote with Stavros Raptis and Sam Steiner is incredibly funny, but with a huge heart. There’s dark laughs and light laughs, but always a sense of romanticism at play.

Below, you can see my discussion with Nikou. We talk a lot about the fine line he walks in his film, making sure it has the heart needed to succeed. Truly, this movie is one that people are sleeping on. If you like the sensibilities of someone like Yorgos Lanthimos, you’ll likely enjoy what Nikou is putting forward here. The flick is currently out in limited release, with a streaming bow on Apple TV+ coming this weekend. Don’t miss it…

Apple TV+

Here now is my interview with Fingernails filmmaker Christos Nikou. Enjoy:

Fingernails is in theaters now and streams on Apple TV+ this Friday!


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