After a fascinating six-month filming journey under the directorial eye of Iannis Smaragdis, the time has come for a glimpse into his new film Kazantzakis. The first teaser of the anticipated film will be officially released.ω
Within a few seconds, stills, individual gros plan, performances and aromas of another era, capture director Iannis Smaragdis’ new cinematic vision.
The great ecumenical writer Nikos Kazantzakis used to say that his life has been determined by his travels and his dreams. The same paths were followed in the movie, with filming taking place in Crete, Athens, Aegina, South of France, Berlin and Vienna. The project is now in post-production and has been programmed to be released in theatres in November 2017 by distribution company Audio Visual; a year announced as Nikos Kazantzakis’ Year, celebrating the 60 years from his death. Audio Visual also distributed the director’s film EL GRECO, reaching the unbreakable record of 1.200.000 admissions.
The main character of Nikos Kazantzakis is ingeniously portrayed by Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, whereas the great Marina Kalogirou portrays his life partner Eleni. In the role of the young Kazantzakis, we see 8-year-old Alexandros Kabaxis and Stefanos Linaios interprets the author in his final years.
A slew of distinguished actors surround the protagonists.
Argyris Xafis is Kazantzakis’ father and Maria Skoula his mother. Nikos Kardonis plays poet Angelos Sikelianos and Amalia Arseni plays his wife Eva. Youlika Skafida is Itka, Alexandros Kollatos is Jules Dassen, whereas Zeta Douka is Melina Mercouri. Adrian Frieling portrays Dr. Heilmayer, Anthoula Katsimatides is the “Good Witch” and portraying Dr. Schteckel in a surprise appearance is Nikos Marinakos. Other renowned actors in the film are Olga Damani, Ersi Malikenzou, Panos Skouroliakos, Takis Papamattheou, Michael Androulidakis as El Greco, and the amazing Thodoris Atheridis in the role of Yorgis Zorbas.
Stathis Psaltis portrays the Abbot of Mount Sinai. His untimely passing is a major loss to the film industry, however, he left his final artistic mark in the film Kazantzakis with an impeccable performance and a profound spirituality.
The film’s script is based on the author’s book Report to Greco, which was generously given by Kazantzakis Publications.
The film is directed in the Greek language, so that viewers can perceive Kazantzakis’ expressive Greek wording. Other languages that can be heard are French and German.
The main collaborators in this film are director/scriptwriter Iannis Smaragdis, producers Eleni Smaragdi and Alexandros Smaragdis, French co-producer Vincent Michaud, director of photography Aris Stavrou, composer Minos Matsas, costumer/set designer Giorgos Patsas, film editor Stella Filippopoulou, sound recordist Aris Athanasopoulos.
The film was realized with the support of many remarkable individuals and organizations. Greek co-producers in the film are Nova, the Greek Film Centre and Nelly Katsou, while also awaiting the participation of the Greek National Television (ERT). It is worth noting that the film is a Greek-French co-production in collaboration with 2017 Films.
Grand Sponsor of the film is The National Bank of Greece, followed by Aegean Airlines and many more from Crete and elsewhere. The whole of Crete opened her embrace and helped complete filming.
We hereby mention the film’s following sponsors:
To Manna – N. Tsatsaronakis A.V.E.E., Greek National Tourism Organisation, Karatzis S.A., Antipas Sifakis, Creta Maris Beach Resort, ellines.com, Terra Creta, Thalori Guest Houses, Autohellas Hertz, Nopera Wines, Attiki Bee Culturing Co. – Alex. Pittas S.A., Minoan Lines, the Cretan Municipalities of Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Platanias, Chania, Samaria Water, the Orthodox Academy of Crete and especially Kazantzakis Publications.