Kazantzakis / Καζαντζάκης

Director: Yannis Smaragdis
Starring Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Marina Kalogirou,Thodoris Atheridis

MGFF Closing Night Dinner Reception

April 14 at 5 pm at the Rialto
$60 - Includes buffet, 2 glasses of wine, live entertainment with
Dimosthenis & Friends and admission to the premiere of Kazantzakis.

MGFF Closing Night Cocktail Reception

April 14 at 6 pm at the Rialto
$30 - Includes one glass of wine, a snack and admission to the premiere of Kazantzakis.

Kazantzakis is the story of the author widely considered the greatest Greek writer of the 20th century. Based on his autobiography, Report to Greco, this lushly photographed film recounts the life of Cretan-born Nikos Kazantzakis.

With this film, world renowned, award-winning Greek director Yiannis Smaragdis aims to elevate the inspiring personality of writer Nikos Kazantzakis, as well as magnify Greece’s magical scenery, where the writer’s spirit developed. Through this film the director wishes to convey the Cretan author’s ecumenical dimension, in the hope that it will make all the Greeks proud, in Greece and abroad.

Brilliantly portraying the main character of Nikos Kazantzakis is actor Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, while the wonderful Marina Kalogirou portrays his partner, Eleni. Eight-year-old Alexandros Kambaxis is young Nikos Kazantzakis and Stefanos Lineos is the writer at a mature age. The film includes a star studded cast including an impeccable and profoundly spiritual performance by Stathis Psaltis as the Abbot of Mount Sinai, in his final role before his death.

Grand Remi Award, Best of Show - Yannis Smaragdis, Director (Winner)
Gold Remi Award, Best Music Score - Minos Matsas, Composer (Winner)

Gold Remi Award, Best Cinematography - Aris Stavrou, Director of Photography (Winner)
Houston Film Society, Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor - Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos (Winner)
Gold Remi Award, Best Actress - Marina Kalogirou (Nominee)
Gold Remi Award, Best Actor - Thodoris Atheridis (Nominee)