GREEK DIRECTORS

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Mihalis Kakogiannis
Director, Zorba the Greek
Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.
 
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Dinos Dimopoulos
In his childhood he used to climb to the lighthouse of the nowadays ghost-town of Koprena, where he was raised, and daydream he was in a ship, sailing for distant places. His family, though, forbade a sailor's career. As things turned out, he became one of the two or three greatest film makers of the so-called golden era of the Greek cinema...
 
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Nikos Koundouros
Director, 1922
He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts from which he graduated in 1948. Because of his left-wing political beliefs, he was exiled in Makronisos Island after the end of World War II He started his career, as a director, at the age of 28, on 1954, with the film "Maghiki Polis" (Enchanted City) that was influenced by neorealism...
 
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Alekos Alexandrakis
Actor, Stella
Alekos Alexandrakis was born in 1928, in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Drama School of the Greek National Theater and made his stage debut in a 1949 Athens production of Daphne Du Maurier's "Autumn Tide". He soon became one of the best actors of his generation, appearing in Euripides' "Hippolytus" (title role)...
 
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Theodoros Angelopoulos
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper "Demokratiki Allaghi" until it was banned by the military after a coup d'état...
 
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Costa-Gavras
Director, Missing
 
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Pantelis Voulgaris
Director, Petrina hronia
He studied film direction in Greece and worked in more than 40 films as an assistant director. In 1965 he made his first short film The Thief and in 1967 his second short film, Jimmy the Tiger won many awards in several festivals. In 1972 he made his feature film debut, To proxenio tis Annas (Anna's Engagement)...
 
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Costas Ferris
Director, Rembetiko
Costas was raised in Egypt, and had a Greek education in Ambeteios School of Cairo. He speaks five languages, Greek, French, English, Italian and Arabic, and writes and creates in three (Greek, English and French). Interested in poetry and literature since a very early age, he was involved in theatre...
 
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Tassos Boulmetis
Tassos Boulmetis studied Physics in the University of Athens and Film Production and Direction in the University of California (UCLA), with a scholarship support from the A. Onassis Foundation. At UCLA he taught as an assistant professor classes on directing actors for film and television. In Greece he started his career as a director/producer of TV shows for the state TV networks...
 
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Constantine Giannaris
Constantine Giannaris is a Greek film director. He studied Finance, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel and Birmingham. His cinema career started in England where he completed independent short films of short budget. His first Greek film, Mia Thesi Ston Helio (1995) was awarded with the Best Greek Film Award at the Short Film Festival of Drama in Greece...
 
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Panos H. Koutras
Director, Xenia
Born in Athens. He studied in London at the "London International Film School" and then in Paris at the "Sorbonne". From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as "The London Film Festival", "Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen" where in 1991 the short film "The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer" won the first price...
 
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Yannis Economides
Director, To mikro psari
Yannis Economides was born in 1967 in Limassol, Cyprus. In 1987 he moved to Athens to study filmmaking. After several short films and documentaries, in 2003 he wrote and directed his first feature film, MATCHBOX. His second feature SOUL KICKING premiered in The International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and his third...
 
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Filippos Tsitos
Born in Anthens in 1966, where he studied marketing at university and worked as a photographer, assistant director and editor of pop promos, as well as the produced of a radio programme. Moved to Berlin (Germany) in 1991 where he studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy (Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie)...
 
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Yorgos Lanthimos
Director, The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film...
 
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Syllas Tzoumerkas
Writer, A Blast
Born in Thessaloniki. He studied theater, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He first made an impression with the 'dogma'-like short film The Devouring Eyes, which participated in competition at the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes Film Festival 2001 and was awarded with the Jury Prize of the Karlovy Vary IFF...
 
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