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El Greco celebrations for a week in Athens October 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Arts Exhibitions Greece, Arts Museums, Movies Life, Movies Life Greek.
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el_greco_filmscene.jpg  Nick Ashdon interprets the role of El Greco in the film directed by Yiannis Smaragdis.

An “El Greco” week is under way in Athens, with a series of events dedicated to the celebrated painter. The exhibition “Moments from ‘El Greco: The Film’” opened in the Syntagma metro station earlier this week, featuring costumes and photographs as well as paintings used in the movie directed by Yiannis Smaragdis.

el_greco_film_premiere.jpg  Queen Sophia of Spain and director Yiannis Smaragdis at the Pallas Theater during the film’s premiere night

The film’s premiere took place on Monday night, in the presence of Queen Sofia of Spain, the Greek President Karolos Papoulias and the Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. At the premiere, Smaragdis noted that the film is a 10-year journey that has now come to an end and now belongs to its audiences. The director also spoke about the three artists, Savvas Georgiadis, Stelios Petroulakis and Nikos Moschos, who created the copies of El Greco paintings used in the film, becoming the artist’s “hand.”

British actor Nick Ashdon, who takes the role of the celebrated artist in the film, spoke of what he felt was a great honor in being asked to interpret the part and how he came to see things through the “Cretan soul.” Juan Diego Botto, Nino de Guevara in the film, mentioned another dimension: “The film talks about how power can burn people, something that is also very contemporary.”

Queen Sofia of Spain was expected to inaugurate the “El Greco and his Workshop” exhibition at the Museum of Cycladic Art last night. Featuring 58 works from major Spanish Museums, including a number of original El Greco works, the show opens to the public today. The exhibition runs to 5 January 2008.

Museum of Cycladic Art, 4 Neophitou Douka Street, Kolonaki, Athens, tel 210 7228321 – 3. Nearest metro station “Evangelismos”.

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