Iannis Smaragdis new film for Nikos Kazantzakis
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Iannis Smaragdis new film for Nikos Kazantzakis

Iannis Smaragdis after the films Kavafis, El Greco and God loves caviar announced his new film Nikos Kazantzakis.

The screenplay is based on the spiritual autobiography of the great Greek and simultaneously universal writer Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco.

It’s a turbulent search of the author, through dreams and journeys to places he loved, claiming experientially to understand Christ, Buddha, Lenin,  in order to come, through his Odysseass,  to the «Cretan Glance» which led to the abolition of the fear of death and the conquest of a higher freedom.

«In today’s Europe where there are tensions and differences, art must play its role, which is to unite people and give them strength. We, the people of cinema, prove it in practice. Four different countries in Europe Greece, France, Germany and Austria join forces to create a film about the Cretan Greek, the European and universal writer Nikos Kazantzakis!» Iannis Smaragdis said.

The filming is scheduled to begin in April 2016 in Greece, Crete, Athens, Aegina, France (Paris and Antipolis), Austria (Vienna), Germany (Berlin) and in China.

The actors who will participate in the film is Odysseus Papaspiliopoulos as the New Kazantzakis, Marina Kalogerou as Eleni Kazantzakis, Theodore Atheridis as George Zorbas, Zeta Duka as Melina Mercouri and Stathis Psaltis in the role of a monk.

«Through the film we want and we think that will highlight the large and attractive personality of Nikos Kazantzakis and the places he lived, loved and was fascinated by. The great Cretan writer said that «what determined his life and work was traveling and dreams». This is what we will seek to emerge through the film. His trips to France, Austria, Germany and China and through them his philosophical and metaphysical pursuits, as well as the» inside » the «inner» journey» added Mr. Smaragdis.

«I would like to thank the people who helped me with the film at its current stage: Nelly Katsou, the Cretans Antipas Sifakis, Miltiades Karatzis, John Lempidakis, Alekos Dandalis and the Alexakis brothers as well as the Cretans from abroad, in US, Canada and Australia. I would also like to thank Chris Barlas, Ellines.com vreator for his help and my dear friend Terrence Kouik, who in his capacity as a journalist supports my work for years and continues to do so even now as he became involved with politic affairs … I thank him for that, » concluded the Greek director.


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  1. Μαρια Κουρατορα

    Το εργο αυτο με κουρασε υπερβολικα οχι μονο εμενα αλλα και την παρεα μου ,απο την ροη του εργου και τους ρηχους διαλογους στην αρχη ,μεταξυ Καζαντακη και Σικελιανο.
    Πολλες αντιφατικες εικονες με την πραγματικοτητα.Στους πολιτικα διανοουμενους ελληνες δεν υπερισχυει το παθος για σεξ.Γενικα δεν μου άρεσε.