CULTURE

A retrospective of films by a pioneering director

The Goethe Institute is honoring the Greek-American film director Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992), with a retrospective that includes the films «Ming Green,» «Psyche,» «Twice a Man» and «Bliss» on Wednesday May 18 at 7.30 p.m. (There will be a special preview for the media on Tuesday May 20, at 1.15 p.m. at the institute, 14-16 Omirou, in central Athens.) On the evening itself, Simon Field, a distinguished researcher and director of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, will comment on Markopoulos’s career from the early days in the 1940s until his masterpiece series «Eniaios» (A Whole), completed a year before his death. The retrospective includes films that are characteristic of his work and which have been preserved by the Temenos (an ancient Greek word meaning «holy temple») Foundation. Also present will be Robert Beavers, an associate of Markopoulos and director of the Temenos Foundation, responsible for preserving and restoring the films of the late director who approached films in a philosophical and qualitative manner. Markopoulos was one of the first directors who took part in the entire process of cinematography, from the filming itself to storing the films in a particular way. The Temenos is a non-commercial archive and the foundation ensures the preservation and promotion of the films of Markopoulos and of Beavers, who keeps the director’s memory alive through his films in the way that Markopoulos himself would have wanted. For further information call 6934.692.230. HELBI