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Christ crucified again ... in Crete

15 February 2016 / 22:02:22  GRReporter
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Almost 60 years after the film by Jules Dassin, one of Nikos Kazantzakis' most famous works, "Christ crucified again" will come back to cinema screens. This time it will be directed by the recently famous Cretan Thodoris Papadoulakis whose star shone during the filming of "The Island" series based on the novel by Victoria Hislop.

The agreement on the filmmaking between the director and the publisher, "Kazantzakis", was officially presented with the assistance of the district administration of the island of Crete, as reported by the Greek newspaper Ethnos.

"We are assigning to the talented director Thodoris Papadoulakis one of the greatest and most important works of world literature, "Christ crucified again", which is relevant today in connection with the humanitarian dimension of the refugee crisis. I hope the film will reach people's hearts and convey the disturbing question of Nikos Kazantzakis as to whether Christ was destined to be crucified forever. How can love blossom in people’s hearts in this world?" said Niki Stavrou, the publisher and holder of the works of the famous writer.

For his part, the director expressed his delight of being given the rights to film Kazantzakis' work. According to Papadoulakis, the goal is to explore the meaning, content and morale of Nikos Kazantzakis' way of writing in a modern context. One of the unique values ​​of the writer is associated with the fact that what he wrote at that time has a contemporary resonance in relation to the refugee crisis and other problems of our time."

The story

In his novel, Nikos Kazantzakis is telling the story of the Greek village of Likovrisi in Anatolia, whose inhabitants are observing the age-old tradition to reconstruct Christ's passion in the week before Easter. The arrival in Likovrisi of a group of Greeks chased by Turkish is dividing the village into two. While the priest and the nobles are chasing the newcomers, those residents who are playing the roles of Christ and the Apostles during the reconstructions are trying to help them. When a conflict is arising between the refugees, who have become enraged due to the prolonged starvation, and the villagers, those who are preparing to present the life of Christ in a mysterious theatrical reconstruction are fully committed to their mission. They are identifying themselves with the roles assigned to them so that the drama of the Passion of Christ is becoming a reality.

Tags: CinemaFilmChrist crucified againNikos KazantzakisRefugee crisisThodoris Papadoulakis
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