on what would have been his 77th birthday...
About Theodoros Angelopoulos
He soon dropped out to study film at the Institut des hautes etudes cinematographiques (IDHEC) before returning to Greece, where he worked as a journalist and film critic.
His father was taken hostage and returned when Angelopoulos was 9 years old. This absence of his father and looking for him among the dead bodies had a great impact on his cinematography, according to the director.
He made his first short film in 1968 and in the 1970s he began making a series of political feature films about modern Greece:
The Travelling Players (O Thiassos) 1975 and
The Hunters (I Kynighoi) 1977.
Issues which are as strikingly relevant today as they have ever been, are recurring themes of his work - immigration, the flight from homeland and the return, as well as the history of 20th century Greece.
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival recently announced that it will be honouring Angelopoulos by hosting a tribute to this great filmmaker at its annual festival to be held between 31 May and June 3 this year.
Theo's death was as sudden as it was untimely, leaving Greece infinitely poorer both culturally and spritually.
Our only consolation is that his films will always be a reminder of his tremendous contribution to culture and filmmaking and we were gratified to hear that the Greek government quickly announced a prize to be set up in his memory... we hope it materialises.
Theodoros Angelopoulos deserves that to say the least!