CULTURE

History of Greek film on exhibit

Aglaia Mitropoulou, the late founder of the Greek Film Archive, remains a prominent figure for having supported Greek film, documenting its history and projecting the industry abroad. A photography exhibition opening Saturday in northwestern Greece, at the Rizario Exhibition Center in Monodendrio, Epirus, features pictures from a book by Mitropoulou, «Greek Film,» a bible for cinephiles of Greek movies. Tracing the local industry over the ages, «Greek Film» was recently rereleased (Papazisi Publishers) and edited by Mitropoulou’s daughter, Maria Komninou. It was presented at the Thessaloniki Film Festival last November. The exhibition’s opening, over two days, will include speeches by Komninou, an assistant professor at Athens University, film director Pantelis Voulgaris, journalist and writer Marlena Politopoulou, and Takis Tzimas, the managing editor of the magazine Photographos. The first day of events will be staged at the Rizario Exhibition Center and will continue on Sunday at the Ioannina Culture Center. The exhibition will run for several months through August. Stretching as far back as the early 1920s, it spans a period that includes Theo Angelopoulos’s 1998 Golden Palm winner «Eternity and a Day.» Besides the pictures from «Greek Film,» the exhibition will also include photographs from the Greek Film Archive and contributions from the personal archives of Angelopoulos, fellow filmmakers Nikos Koundouros, Michael Cacoyannis and Lila Kourkoulakou, as well as the producer-costume designer Denny Vachlioti.