Gavras Honorary Doctor of AUTH

GAVRAS-costagavras1Acclaimed Greek director Costas Gavras is to be appointed honorary doctor of the Faculty of the Fine Arts Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). The University is honoring him for his work and contribution to the cinematic art and the promotion of Greece internationally.

His nomination will be held on Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m., in the ceremony hall of the AUTH. He will address academics and students of the faculty followed by the screening of his film The Axe (Le Couperet).

Students will be given the chance to meet with Gavras on Jan. 29, in the projection room of the Film Department in Stavroupoli, where he is going to deliver a masterclass.

The director will provide specific details over his work, his methodology and cinematic language, and will answer questions raised by the students.


  1. I wish we had far more notable physicists and mathematicians. Aesthetic artsy end of things is part of life but alone is not enough. There has to be substance behind it to complete the picture. Else, it’s like a beautiful woman…with a brain the size of an olive. Nice to look at but not much else.

    While many modern Greeks seem to think Hellenism is about selling drinks and trinkets to tourists… Ancient Greeks understood the importance of physics and mathematics. These two subjects are the backbone of virtually every other field.

    This includes modern film which would not exist had physicists not observed natural processes like electo-magnetism and used mathematics to define its  characteristics. The very computer we read these comments on are in large part due to physicists and mathematicians. Electrical engineers took their principles to create real world devices that enhance our quality of life.

    A scientist that makes a breakthrough in physics is essentially like magician to the rest of the world. They can do things that no one else knows how to do. A single man can change the world by having an understanding of its most tiniest properties. We cannot all be genius in physics and math but we should all strive to be so the potential giants among us have a chance to blossom.


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