Athens Municipality Honors Theodoros Angelopoulos

angelopoulosIt has been two years now since the death of Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos. The city of Athens Youth and Sport Organization will screen on Friday, January 24, the film “Athens, Return to the Acropolis” in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece.

The film documents the views of the director about Athens, the city in which he was born and raised, and its significance in the past and contemporary era. It is based on the work of Seferis, Angelopoulos’ favorite poet and the painting of Tsarouchis.

Angelopoulos was an acclaimed and multi-award wining director, who dominated the Greek film industry since 1975. He is considered to have been one of the most influential and widely respected filmmakers in the world. The American director Martin Scorsese described him as a “masterful filmmaker.” His films are characterized by slight movement and changes in distance, long takes and complicated but carefully composed scenes, that hypnotize the audience and offer intense emotions.

The Traveling Players (O Thiassos, 1975), received the International Critics’ Award at the Cannes Film Festival and is considered a masterpiece of modern cinema. Eternity and a Day (Mia eoniotita kai mia mera) won the coveted Palm D’Or at Cannes and represented Greece at the American Film Academy Awards.

Angelopoulos died in January 2012 after being hit by a motorcycle in Athens.