Greek director Nikos Koundouros, one of the most prolific filmmakers in Greece died on Wednesday at the age of 91. In had been hospitalized with respiratory problems.
Koundouros was best known for his 1956 feature-length movie Drakos (The Ogre of Athens), a landmark “film noir”, which is considered one of the best films in greek cinema. He directed several other films and documentaries up until the late 2011.
Koundouros was born in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, in 1926. He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts. During the war he was a member of the left-wing resistance movement EAM-ELAS, and because of this was subsequently exiled to the Makronissos prison island after the end of World War II.
He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts from which he graduated in 1948. Because of his left-wing political beliefs, he was exiled in Makronisos Island after the end of World War II.
He started his career as a director at the age of 28 with the film Magiki Polis (Enchanted City, 1954) a film influenced by neorealism, written by greek writer Margarita Limberaki. In the film he cast Thanasis Veggos, who he had met at Makronissos, as one of the characters in Magiki Polis.
Among his most famous films are Young Aphrodites (it won Silver Bear for Best Director as well as FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin Film Festival, while his films Oi paranomoi (The Outlaws) and Vortex (in an early stage) also premiered in Berlin.
In 1985 he was a member of the jury at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.
Magiki Polis (1954)
O Drakos (1956)
Oi Paranomoi (1958)
To Potami (1960)
Mikres Aphrodites (1963)
To Prosopo tis Medousas / Vortex (1967)
To tragoudi tis fotias (1975)
Byron, balanta gia enan daimonismeno (1992)
Oi fotografoi (1998)
To ploio (2011)