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Cyprus honors world-acclaimed director Michalis Kakoyiannis
2006-07-13 11:36:52

Athens, Jul 10 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has honored Cypriot director Michalis Kakoyiannis with the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III for his services to Cyprus and his invaluable contribution to contemporary Greek culture.

Mr. Kakoyiannis' most famous film is "Zorba the Greek."

Speaking at the ceremony which took place in Athens, President Papadopoulos said Michalis Kakoyiannis did not choose the easy role of a spectator before the continuing ordeal of Cypriot Hellenism but has made ''Cyprus' tragedy a personal case, not only because Cyprus is his birthplace, but because every Hellene who respects himself and his history has a duty to feel and regard Cyprus as a matter concerning him directly and personally.''

President Papadopoulos referred to the work of Michalis Kakoyiannis ''Attila '74'', noting that it is not a regular film but ''a gripping challenge of collective national conscience, a substantive historical attestation of the crimes of the coup and the barbaric Turkish invasion.''

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