Film Nights at the Athens Centre present «Never on Sunday»





The Athens Centre Film Nights
present one of Melina Merkouri’s best movies 


Directed by Michalis Cacoyiannis, in 1960


on Wednesday, March 6, at 7pm


Never on Sunday (Greek: Ποτέ Την Κυριακή, translit. Pote Tin Kyriaki) by renowned film director Michalis Cacoyiannis is a 1960 Greek black-and-white film which tells the story of Ilya, a prostitute who lives in the port of Piraeus in Greece, and Homer, an American tourist — a classical scholar enamored with all things Greek. Ilya (Melina Mercouri) is one of those characters who makes her mark on film history, and who made an internationally known star out of Mercouri. In the film, Homer feels Ilya’s life style typifies the degradation of Greek classical culture and attempts to steer her onto the path of morality. It constitutes a variation of the Pygmalion story. Next to Melina Mercouri, the film stars Jules Dassin, and it gently submerges the viewer into Greek culture, including dance, music, and language (through the use of subtitles). The signature song and the bouzouki theme of the movie became hits of 1960s and brought Manos Hadjidakis, the composer, an Academy Award. It won the Academy Award for Best Song (Manos Hadjidakis for «Never on Sunday»). It was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Melina Mercouri), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director (Jules Dassin) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay as Written Directly for the Screen (Dassin). Mercouri won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.



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