Greek Minister of Culture Witnesses Parthenon Film Shooting

shootings of PromahosBy Theodora Matsaidoni
Greece’s Minister of Culture and Sports, Mr. Panos Panagiotopoulos, appeared at the Parthenon to witness the filming of “Promahos,” a Coerte and John Voorhees movie.

“I am very pleased and moved to see two young  people with Greek origins, internationally acknowledged in the film industry, who still hold family bonds to their homeland, returning to our country. The movie deals with the request of the Parthenon Marbles return; a matter of extreme importance to all of us” stated Mr. Panagiotopoulos during a break of the shooting held in front of the Parthenon.

Dozens of tourists visiting Acropolis had already watched the scene were Giorgos Horafas gives Kassanda Vogiatzi a tour in the Sacred Rock. The movie is about two young people falling in love while fighting together for the Parthenon Marbles to be returned from where they were taken.

“Through a modern plot, our movie tries to bring about the topics of Athens’ renaissance and justice rebirth.The characters have to defend what they love, just like the statue of the Promahos Athena did, lying in Acropolis. Our vision is a film appealing to the youth that will bring the ancient calls of the Parthenon Marbles to life again.”

Mr. Panagiotopoulos also stated “I am here to assist this effort and congratulate everyone contributing to it.” He was interested in the origins and career of the crew members, who were mainly the children of immigrants in the US or young fellow countrymen who have studied and worked abroad without ever forgetting their roots.

Mr. Panagiotopoulos went on saying “First of all I would like to congratulate Coerte and John Vourhis, Giorgos and Kassandra Vogiatzis, Spyros Fokas, Pandelis Kondogiannis and last but not least, Giancarlo Giannini, as well as everyone else starring in this movie. I am particularly glad that great actors contributed their talent to this effort, which has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of national egotism. On the contrary, I would rather say that this movie is about understanding that the cultural masterpieces belong to all humankind and each and every one of us should be able to admire them in the place they were created; as wholes, not scattered pieces.

“Promahos” will continue its filming in London and New York and its makers hope the movie will be ready for the Cannes Film Festival this year.