Officials express condolences over filmmaker's death

Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Wednesday expressed his condolences over the loss of acclaimed Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, 76, who died late on Tuesday in an Athens hospital after being hit by a motorcycle while shooting his latest film, «The Other Sea,» on the outskirts of Piraeus.

"He may not have had the chance to complete his latest film, 'The Other Sea,' but Angelopoulos took us on more journeys than any other Greek filmmaker with his work. We all owe him a resounding 'thank you.' In his case, the word 'irreplaceable' truly applies,' Geroulanos said.

Speaking to Skai TV on behalf of New Democracy, spokesman Yiannis Michelakis called Angelopoulos «a poet of the cinema,» adding that his death is a «great loss."

The Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) described Angelopoulos as a «pioneer of quality cinema."

Like many other films by the art-house director, whose work often focused on the turbulent history of Greece in the 20th century, «The Other Sea,» which was to star Italian actor Toni Servillo, addressed the current economic crisis. It was his first film since «The Dust of Time,» from 2008.


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