A Tribute to Michalis Cacoyiannis presents “Zorba the Greek”

With a series of films, the Athens Centre presents a tribute to Michalis Cacoyiannis, who was a prominent Greek filmmaker from Cyprus, best known for his 1964 film Zorba the Greek. He was born June 11, 1922 and died recently on July 25, 2011. He directed the 1983 Broadway revival of the musical based on the film. Much of his work was rooted in classical texts, especially those of the Greek tragedian Euripides. He was nominated for an Academy Award five times, received Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film nominations for Zorba the Greek, and two nominations in the Foreign Language Film category for Electra and Iphigenia.

The first projection of this series of films could only begin with “Alexis Zorbas”. Based on a novel by the legendary writer Nikos Kazantzis and with music by just as legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, it is one of the most influential works in Greece’s cinematography. Filmed by the famous cinematographer Michael Cacoyiannis, it unites the most important artists from different genres in Greece at that time, and shows the passion and lust for life that is so typical for Greece. Starring Anthony Quinn as an aimless Englishman who finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing.

The Athens Centre would like to invite you to this special event, that will take place at the Centre, on Archimidous 48 in Pangrati, tomorrow Thursday September, 1 at 18:00. 

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