Theo Angelopoulos, the Greek renowned director died of a vehicle accident while makinghis latest film. He was 76 years old. Police and hospital authorities said Angelopoulos suffered serious head injuries and diedin hospital after hit by a motorcycle while crossing the road to the location of the road nearPier Piraeus, Athens.
Motorcyclists were also injured and treated at hospitals identified as a policeman. The accident occurred when Angelopoulos was involved in shooting his latest film The OtherSea. Angelopoulos has won several awards at film festivals in the majority of Europe during his career that lasted more than 40 years.
In 1995, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Ulysses’ Gaze. Three years later he won the Cannes Film Festival top prize, the Palme d’Or for the filmEternity and a Day. Angelopoulos died of a brain hemorrhage in a hospital, where he was rushed after the accident.
Angelopoulos became a symbol character in Greek cinema in the early 1970s. The film, entitled ”Eternity and a Day” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. He directed more than a dozen films, many of the film which revolves around the life ofcontemporary society in Greek.
Was born on 27 April 1935, Angelopoulos was educated in law and originally aspired tobecome a writer or a poet. His film ”Megalexandros” received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1980 and ”Ulysses’ Gaze” won the Grand Jury at the event in Cannes 1995.