CULTURE

New director of Film Center

The Greek Film Center has a new director in Diagoras Chronopoulos, who took up his post at the end of last month. Chronopoulos arrived at his new position via the theater, having been artistic director of the State Theater of Northern Greece for several years. He is replacing Manos Esftratiadis, who took over as general manager of ERT. During his tenure at the State Theater of Northern Greece, Chronopoulos concentrated on a number of issues concerning the company, especially its international collaborations and its summer traveling performances. At the same time, he contributed toward new developments at a number of theaters such as the new Vassiliko Theater, the halls at the Moni Lazariston, the municipal theaters of Stavroupolis and Kalamarias and the refurbished Dasos Theater. At first sight, it might seem that Chronopoulos is primarily a man of the theater and that his relationship to cinema is tenuous at best. I’m ‘biologically’ attached to cinema, he says, adding that back in the early 1980s he had worked at the film center when its president was the late Pavlos Zannas. Later on he served as vice president and then president of the Greek Association of Directors; he has been a producer for over 30 years, and has directed a number of documentaries as well as several television series. His administrative accomplishments at the State Theater of Northern Greece are also impressive. When I arrived at the company, I found a debt of 550 million drachmas. On my way out, I left behind a 700 million drachma surplus, says Chronopoulos. All this gives plenty of solid material for Victoras Ardittis, the new director of the State Theater of Northern Greece, to start working with. This is the first time I’m asked to do nothing. I will be observing the work of others, said Theodorakis, as he thanked the minister for the invitation and the honor of participating in such events.