Young Aphrodites / Mikres Afrodites
Greece, 1963, DCP, B&W, 86’
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled
12 June Sunday - 16:00
Greece in the year 2000 BC. group of shepherds come down from the mountain in search of fresh pastures. They lose their way and come across some fishermen’s wives whose husbands are at sea. brief love is born between young Skymnos, a shepherd’s son and Chloe. The wild games of the two adolescents awaken the desire of Lyka, a mute shepherd who abducts Chloe. Unable to live with the bitterness of betrayal, Skymnos allows himself to be swept away by the waves.
The film will be shown in a new digital copy courtesy of Sotiria Mantziri Koundouro.
Director: Nikos Koundouros
Screenplay: Vassilis Vassilikos
(based on Theocritus’
“Idylls” and Longus’
“Daphnis and Chloe”)
Director of Photography: Giovanni Varriano
Editing: Giorgos Tsaoulis
Music: Yiannis Markopoulos
Cast: Cleopatra Rota
Producer: Giorgos Zervos
Production: Minos Films
Berlin FF Silver Bear - Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize, 1963 Thessaloniki FF Best Film, Best Director, Best Music, Greek Film Critics’ Association Best Director and Best Screenplay, 1963
Born in Aghios Nikolas (Crete) in 1926, he studied painting and sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (1948) but turned to cinema with Magic City, a film where neo-realism combined with an eye for imagery. The Ogre of Athens, a composite and pioneering work which he made in 1956, established Koundouros as a genuine representative of the new age of cinema. Since then Nikos Koundouros’ films have received international recognition and acclaim and earned him a place as one of the foremost directors in Greek cinema.