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Director
Theo Angelopoulos
Filmography
1965 Forminx Story (unfinished)
1968 The Broadcast (short)
1970 Reconstruction
1972 Days of ’36
1975 The Travelling Players
1977 The Hunters
1980 Alexander the Great
1981 One Village, One Villager (ντοκ/doc)
1983 Athens, Return to the Acropolis (ντοκ/doc)
1984 Voyage to Cythera
1986 The Beekeeper
1988 Landscape in the Mist
1991 The Suspended Step of the Stork
1995 Lumière and Company: Ulysses (segment)
1995 Ulysses’ Gaze
1998 Eternity and a Day
2004 Trilogy Ι:The Weeping Meadow
2007 To Each his Own Cinema: Three Minutes (segment)
2008 The Dust of Time
2012 The Other Sea (ημιτελής/unfinished)

Biography
He was born in Athens in 1935. He began to study Law in Athens, but dropped out of university before his graduation. In 1961 he left for Paris, where he attended courses in French Literature, Filmology, and Ethnology, before going on to study at the IDHEC Film Academy and the Musée de l’homme. He returned to Greece in 1963 and worked as a film critic for four years. In 1968, he presented his first short film, The Broadcast, at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Two years later, his first feature film, Reconstruction, won First Prize at Thessaloniki, as well as several other prizes at international festivals around the world, signalling the dawn of Modern Greek cinema. The distinctive sequence shots in The Travelling Players (1975) established his personal style. His films were screened at various film festivals and garnered numerous nominations and awards, culminating in the Golden Palm at Cannes, in 1998, for Eternity and a Day. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (1995), Nanterre La Défense (2001), Essex University (2001), the University of Western Macedonia (2008), the University of the Aegean (2009) and Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir (2010). He died on January 24th, 2012, following an accident during the shooting of his film The Other Sea.

Theo Angelopoulos Τribute

The Travelling Players / Theo Angelopoulos

The film follows a group of travelling players in Greece, between 1939-1952, as they wander through provinces, cities and villages, performing, in increasingly threadbare circumstances, a 19th century pastoral melodrama, Peresiadis’s Golfo the Shepherdess. The political history of Greece and the private lives of members of the troupe, who also belong to the same family, become inextricably entwined. The adventures of Orestes, his sister, his father, his mother and her lover are redolent of the myth of the House of Atreus. The father is executed by the German occupiers after being turned in by his wife’s lover; Orestes, a communist guerilla, assisted by his sister Electra, will kill his mother and her lover on stage, only to be executed himself during the cleansing operations against the Greek guerillas carried out during the Civil War.The story’s main character is the elder sister (who, according to the myth of the Atreides, would be Electra). The film’s sequential structure, complex and complicated, is built around continuous temporal maneuvers and alternating time periods.


Director:Theo Angelopoulos
Script:Theo Angelopoulos
Cinematography:Yorgos Arvanitis
Editing:Takis Davlopoulos, Yorgos Triantafyllou
Sound:Thanassis Arvanitis
Music:Loukianos Kilaidonis
Sets:Mikes Karapiperis
Costumes:Mikes Karapiperis
With:Eva Kotamanidou (Electra), Vangelis Kazan (Aegisthus), Aliki Georgouli (mother), Kyriakos Katrivanos (Pylades), Stratos Pachis (father), Nina Papazafeiropoulou (old woman), Yannis Fyrios (accordionist), Alexis Boubis (old man), Maria Vassileiou (Chryssothemi), Grigoris Evangelatos (poet), Petros Zarkadis (Orestes)
Production:Yorgos Papalios
Production Country:Greece
Format:35mm Color
Duration:230'
Production Year:1975
Costumes Illustrations: Yorgos Patsas
Assistant Director: Takis Katselis
Production Manager: Yorgos Samiotis
Unit Production Manager: Stefanos Vlachos, Christos Paliyannopoulos, Lefteris Charonitis
1975: International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI) – Cannes IFF
1975: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Vangelis Kazan), Best Actress (Eva Kotamanidou), Greek Critics Association Awards –Thessaloniki Film Festival
1975: Interfilm Award – Berlinale Forum
1975: Best Film of the Year – Βritish Film Institute
1975:“Golden Age” Award (for best film of the year) – Brussels
1979: Best Film for 1971-1980 – Italian Film Critics’ Association
Screening Schedule
TONIA MARKETAKI:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 15:00 | ID:433
OLYMPION:Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 20:00 | ID:615
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