The Greek film maker, Theo Angelopoulos, has tragically died in a road accident near the port city of Pireas.
The 76-year-old producer – who was known for his poetic and deeply artistic dreamlike films – was with Italian actor and singer Toni Servillo (Il Divo) filming his latest work, The Other Sea, when the accident occurred.
Angelopoulos attempted to cross a busy road when he was hit by a motorcycle; he was rushed to hospital where he later died.
It would have been his first film in almost four years; his last release was The Dust of Time in 2008.
His award winning films such as The Weeping Meadow (2004), The Beekeeper and Eternity and a Day (1998) were allegories of modern Greek history and politics. He was known for his long film shots and mysterious narrative structures. The Travelling Players has a mere 80 shots within almost four hours of film,
The director in fact studied law in Athens, before travelling to Paris to study film at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) film school. He then returned to Greece and worked as a journalist and a film critic. It wasn’t until 1968 that he made his first short film. A few years on, the budding and creative film maker delved into making a trilogy of politically-charged feature films about modern Greece. The films included Days of ’36 (1972), The Travelling Players (1975) and The Hunters (1977). Angelopoulos quickly built up his reputation as a well respected film maker, and in 1978 he became a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival.
Angelopoulos once said, “filmmaking is, finally, a human adventure” and who could disagree?