This year marks 9 years since the departure of director Theo Angelopoulos. The Chania Film Festival remembers the great Greek FilmMaker and travels with his works...
Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most important Directors of World Cinema, with eclectic affinities, Bergman, Antonioni and Tarkovsky. He is the Poet of Icons and his subjects concern life itself and its evolution. His Cinematic universe is a Code of Communication and Analysis of the world of the
Art. He will always live in the pantheon of the most important Creators on the planet.
The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos
In 1961, Theo Angelopoulos went to France and enrolled at the Sorbonne, where he attended courses in French Philology and Filmology, while studying Directing at the Institute of Advanced Film Studies, IDHEC. He returned to Greece in 1964 and in 1968 directed his first film entitled With
this film he wins his first prize - critics' award - at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
won 5 Awards at the same Festival, the Georges Sadoul Prize for Best Film screened in France in 1971, the Award for Best Foreign Film at the Hyeres Film Festival (1971) and a special mention by Fipresci (three-nation Union of Film Critics) at the Berlin Film Festival.
In 1972, he made the film
Days of '36
and won the Best Director and Photography Awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Also, the Fipresci Prize at the Festival of Berlin.
In 1974-75, the Company
was filmed, and the film won thirteen awards. In Cannes (1975) by Fipresci. In Taormina, in Berlin (Interfilm Award), in London (1979, Best Film of the Year), in Japan, in Thessaloniki (1975), Awards for Best Film, Direction, Screenplay, First Male and First Female Role, PEKK (Panhellenic Union of Film Critics Award).
In 1977, are filmed
The film has an official participation in the Cannes Film Festival. It receives the Best Film Award at the Chicago Film Festival and the Award of the Association of Turkish Critics.
Alexander the Great
won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the Fipresci and Cinema Nuovo awards at the same Festival. Pekk Award in Thessaloniki.
The Journey to Kythira
wins the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes. State awards for Best Film, Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Set Design, Critics' Award at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival (1984).
In 1986, Angelopoulos turns the
Landscape in the Mist
which won the Silver Lion in Venice, and the Felix Prize, best European film.
The Stork's Suspended Step
made an official participation in the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1998, he made the film
An Eternity and one day
and won the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival and the Ecumenique Prix.
In 2004, he shoots
Trilogy 1: The Weeping Meadow and wins
the Fipresci International Film Association Award for Best European Film in 2004.
The Dust of Time
, official participation in the Berlin Festival, is filmed.
In 2012, he begins shooting
the film The Other Sea
. They will never be completed. The great director is killed in an accident during filming. It's January 24, 2012.
The 6th Chania Film Festival (2018) was dedicated to the award-winning director Theo Angelopoulos.