Nikos Koundouros, Greek film director, Died at 90


Nikos Koundouros was born on December 15, 1926, in Agios Nikolaos, Crete and died on February 22, 2017.

He was a Greek film director.

Nikos studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

At the time of the war, Koundouros was a member of the left-wing resistance movement EAM-ELAS, and because of this was subsequently exiled to the Makronissos prison island.

Koundouros decided to follow a career in cinematography at 28 years old.

Koundouros began his career as a director of the film Magiki Polis (1954), where he combined his neorealism influences with his own artistic viewpoint.

Koundouros cast Thanasis Veggos, who he had met at Makronissos, as one of the characters in Magiki Polis.

Following the release of his complex and innovative film O Drakos, he found acceptance as a prominent artist in Greece and Europe, and acquired important awards in various international and Greek film festivals.

Koundouros’ 1963 film Young Aphrodites won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival.

During 1985, Koundouros was a member of the jury at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.

Nikos Koundouros passed away at 90 years old.