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Veteran TV director Kostas Koutsomitis, 77, dies

Director Kostas Koutsomitis, known for adapting a number of works of modern Greek fiction for TV, has died at the age of 77.

He was being treated for health problems at the Sismanogleio Hospital in northern Athens at the time of his death.

Koutsomitis began his career in 1965, when he directed a short film. He then worked for Finos Film, the country’s largest movie production company.

Koutsomitis gained recognition from the 1990s, when he directed a number of much-loved series, including “Vammena Kokkina Mallia” (Dyed Red Hair), based on the book by Costas Mourselas.

His TV career spanned four decades, with his most recent work being the adaptation of Dido Sotiriou’s classic “Matomena Homata” (Farewell Anatolia).

“His work improved the quality of series on public and private TV,” said the Greek Directors’ Society. “For colleagues of his generation, but also for younger generations, his work will remain as an example and all will remember his gentleness and straightforwardness.”

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