Theo Angelopoulos

15 Apr 2016 – 22 May 2016 | GOMA | Cinema A

Theo Angelopoulos (1935–2012) is widely regarded as the greatest Greek filmmaker, having crafted an epic vision of modern Greece and the Balkans through allegories of its turbulent social and political history. His films are celebrated for their poetic and elliptical style, choreographed sequences and haunting cinematography. Angelopoulos's career was marked by a number of loosely connected film cycles — a trilogy of history, trilogy of silence, trilogy of borders and unfinished trilogy of modern Greece. Each confront different social, economic and cultural legacies, including Greece's occupation and independence from Ottoman Turkey; a political history involving military dictatorship and civil war; the plight of refugees in Europe and the repercussions of the Balkan wars; Greek literature, mythology, and the director's own biography. Seen together for the first time in Australia, this retrospective highlights the work of one of the most distinct and distinguished modern filmmakers.

ALEX KONDOS MEMORIAL LECTURE

A Brief Discussion of Theo Angelopoulos Visual Poetics: Political Cinema and Existential ConcernsBy Professor Vrasidas Karalis, University of Sydney

7.30pm, Thursday 19 May 2016
Acropolis Room, Brisbane Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane | Free

Vrasidas Karalis holds the Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Modern Greek Studies and Byzantine at the University of Sydney. He has published on Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Cornelius Castoriadis, Theo Angelopoulos, Andrey Tarkovsky, Alfred Hitchcock, European Cinema and Global Cinemas. His latest publications include A History of Greek Cinema (2012) and the forthcoming second volume Realism on Postwar Greek Cinema (I.B. Tauris 2016). He has also published two volumes of oral history, Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris (2007) and The Demons of Athens (2014). He has translated Patrick White's Voss (1996) and The Vivisector (2002) into Greek and many Greek poets into English, amongst them, Andreas Angelakis, Nikos Kazouros, Kiki Demoula and Odysseas Elytis.

Presented by the Greek Orthodox Community of St. George Brisbane and the Greek Film Society of Brisbane in conjunction with the Theo Angelopoulos retrospective at the Australian Cinémathèque (GOMA).


QAGOMA acknowledges the support and assistance of Phoebe Economopoulou and Theo Angelopoulos Heirs Association in realising this project. Special thanks to Stavroula Geronimaki and the Greek Film Centre for generously providing screening materials. Program curated by José Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque.

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THEO ANGELOPOULOS

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