Kazantzakis is the title of a new film, that will be released in November 2017. Kazantzakis is the well known name of a world famous Greek author and philosopher. Nikos Kazantzakis, born 18 February 1883, died 26 October 1957. This year, 2017, will be a year that has been declared the year of Nikos Kazantzakis, 60 years after he passed away.
It was Nikos Kazantzakis who created “Zorba the Greek”, and we all learned to know him via the film with the same name as the book, where the film is based on. The most famous part of the film is Zorba’s dance on the beach. In an earlier post I collected several interesting facts about Zorba, and about Nikos Kazantzakis.
The music of Zorba the Greek has been composed by Mikis Theodorakis.
The film Kazantzakis
After shooting for 6 months, the first teaser of the new film by Yannis Smaragdis, (Heraklion, Crete, 26 April 1946) titled “Kazantzakis” has been released. Yannis Smaragdis is also the director of the well known films Cavafy (1996) and El Greco (2007).
The film is filmed in Greek, to hear Kazantzakis’s pertinent Greek speech, while French and German dialogues are also heard.
The film aims to highlight Nikos Kazantzakis’ fascinating personality as well as the enchanting landscape of Crete/Greece in which he was grew up, and lived.
The great Cretan writer said his life was defined by his travels and his dreams. That is exactly what the director intends to achieve with this film. He presents his travels to Germany, Austria, Russia, France and Mount Sina and, through these experiences, also to highlight his philosophical and metaphysical quests.
Sources and additional information:
- Wiki: Nikos Kazantzakis
- Wiki: Yannis Smaragdis
- IMDb: Yannis Smaragdis
- Greek Reporter: Yannis Smaragdis announces new film
- Ellines: Iannis Smaragdis new film for Nikos Kazantzakis
- in.gr: «Καζαντζάκης»
- CNN Greece: The shooting of the majestic film “Kazantzakis”
- Zorba the Greek: filmclip dance on the beach
- Playlist: Videos about Nikos Kazantzakis
- Playlist: Videos with Zorba the Greek music
- Blogpost: Theodorakis’ and Kazantzakis’ “Zorbas” was born in Kolindros, Greece