Yannis Smaragdis

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Iannis Smaragdis
Born 1946 (age 68–69)
Crete, Greece
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1972–present

Iannis Smaragdis (Greek: Γιάννης Σμαραγδής) is a Greek film director.

He was born in Crete in 1946 and studied film in Greece and Paris, France. He appeared in 1972 with his short film Two Three Things... which received the first prize in the Athens Festival as well as a Special Mention in the Montreal Film Festival. Iannis Smaragdis has taught Mass Media courses at the Panteion University of Athens, as well as film direction and screenwriting at film schools in Greece. He has published 2 books: Poetic Geography (1995) and Cavafy (1997) - a literary form of the script of the film Cavafy. Iannis Smaragdis is an honorary member of the Directors Guild of America.

Films[edit]

Two Three Things (1972)[edit]

Short film.

  • First prize at the Athens Film Festival, as well as a Special Mention at the Montreal Film Festival.

Zero Cell (1975)[edit]

Feature film.

A Good Night to You, Mr Alexandre (1981)[edit]

A tribute to the life and work of Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis.

Alaloum (1982)[edit]

Feature film. Box office record.[citation needed]

Homecoming Song (1983)[edit]

Feature film.

  • State award for Best Feature.
  • Nominated for a Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.

Cavafy (1996)[edit]

Biopic of Constantine P. Cavafy,[1] called Kavafis in USA and UK - Feature film (90 minutes)

  • 5 State awards (including Best Feature Film, Best Director)
  • Two international awards for the score of Vangelis at the film festivals of Ghent, Belgium and Valencia, Spain.
  • Nominated for a Grand Prix at the Flanders International Film Festival. *Nominated for a Golden Astor at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
  • Official participation at the International Film Festivals: Toronto, Berlin, London, Sao Paolo, Mar del Plata, Brisbane, Flanders, Jerusalem, Stockholm, as well as 50 more International Film Festivals.
  • Greek nomination for the 1997 European Film Awards.

Spyros Louis (2004)[edit]

A tribute to the first Greek modern Olympic Winner, Marathon runner Spyros Louis (60 minutes).

  • First International Award "Guirlande d' Honneur 2004" at SPORTS MOVIES Festival in Milan, Italy.

El Greco (2007)[edit]

Biopic of the artist El Greco.[2] Feature film, international co-production.

  • 8 State awards for 2007 (including Best Feature film, Best Direction)
  • Audience Award for Best Feature Film during the 48th International Film Festival in Thessaloniki and *Awarded for Best Feature Film from the Greek Union of Film Television and Audiovisual Technicians.
  • First of the five golden films by CBC at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.
  • First Prize for actor Juan Diego Botto at the 2008 Cairo International Film Festival. *International GOYA award in 2009 (Spanish Academy of Cinematic Art and Science) for costume designer Lala Huete.
  • Official selection at the International Film Festival of: Toronto 2008, Sao Paolo 2008, European Film Festival 2008 of the American Film Institute in Washington, Cairo 2008, Guadalajara International Festival 2009, Pantalla Pinamar in Argentina, and more other.

God Loves Caviar[edit]

Biopic of pirate turned business tycoon Ioannis Varvakis, the feature film is known in Greek as O Theos agapaei to haviari.,[3] international co-production. The Toronto Globe and Mail called it "laughably bad".[4]

  • Official participation at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012,[3] Shanghai International Film Festival 2013.

Nikos Kazantzakis[edit]

Feature film (in development)

Screenwriter[edit]

  • 2014: NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS - Feature film
  • 2012: GOD LOVES CAVIAR- Feature film 101’.
  • 2007: EL GRECO –Feature film 112’.
  • 2004: SPYROS LOUIS – a tribute to the first Greek modern Olympic Winner, Marathon runner Spyros Louis 60'
  • 1996: CAVAFY – Feature film. 85΄
  • 1983: HOMECOMING SONG - Feature film. 90’.
  • 1981: A GOOD NIGHT TO YOU, MR. ALEXANDRE … - A tribute to the life and work of Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis. (60’).
  • 1975: ZERO CELL - Feature film.
  • 1972: 1972: TWO THREE THINGS..., Short film.

Television[edit]

2001: LES ENFANTS GATES - TV series. Eighteen episodes (32' minutes each) for the Greek Television ET1.

  • TV Award for Best Actor (Sotiris Moustakas).

1988: HUSH… OUR COUNTRY IS SLEEPING - Television series. Thirteen episodes (45' minutes each). Highly acclaimed, it is considered the best TV series since the beginning of television broadcasting in Greece.

  • Nominated for best director at the Prague TV Festival 1989.
  • Record ratings for Greek television.

1987: AVE TASO KARATASSO - TV series. Thirteen episodes (45' minutes each).

  • TV Award for Best Director
  • Record ratings for Greek television.

1985: HADJIMANUEL - TV series. Five episodes (60').

  • Record ratings for Greek television (60-70%).

Documentaries[edit]

2009: LOOKING FOR IOANNIS VARVAKIS - Documentary about Greek-Russian benefactor Ioannis Varvakis (45' minutes) for Greek National TV.

  • Official Participation at the 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2010.
  • Official Participation at the Jihlava Documentary Film Festival 2010. For the Greek National TV

2004: CHRISTIAN MONUMENTS - a documentary about the Christian Monuments of Greece (50' minutes). For the Greek National TV

1998: "I'VE BROUGHT TO ART." - Forty episodes (5'minutes each) segments of cultural content for the Greek National TV.

1996: TRADITIONAL TANNERIES OF AMFISSA (30')

1990-1993: THUS SPAKE THE CITY - Thirteen film essays (30'). Poets and Cities. For the Greek National TV (POROS-SEFERIS, ANDROS-EMPIRIKOS, ALEXANDRIA-CAVAFY, LESVOS-ELYTIS, HERAKLIO-KAZANTZAKIS, NAFPLIO-KONTOGLOU, DELPHI-SEFERIS, ELEUSIS-ENGONOPOULOS, ATHENS-DIMOULA, PATMOS-PAPADITSAS, SAMOS-RITSOS, MANI-VRETTAKOS, CHIOS/HOMER-MATHAIOS MOUNTES, and more.

  • TV award Best Photography (Nikos Smaragdis)

1986: SMILING ON THE WAY - Eight documentaries, 30 minutes each. For the Greek National TV (THE BAND CROSSES THE CITY, ACCORDEON IN THE NIGHT, ELVES OF THE CITY, THE LAST ORGAN-GRINDER, THE BEAR WARDEN WITH THE TAMBOURINE, and others.

1984: THE AEGEAN: FROM HOMER TO ELYTIS - A documentary on the space and discourse of Greece.

1981: THE PEOPLE UNDER THE WALLS - For the Greek National TV 1981: CYCLOPS’ CAVE – For the Greek National TV 1980: A WEDDNING AT VELVENDO - For the Greek National TV 1980: BUILDERS AND PELIKANS - For the Greek National TV 1979: CHRISTMAS AT VOIO – For the Greek National TV 1978: VERGINA 1978 AD - For the Greek National TV

Opera[edit]

1997: OPERA OF THE SHADOWS - opera, directed by Iannis Smaragdis. Performed at the Athens Opera House.

Awards[edit]

  • Was voted on the Greek web the most popular artist in Greece for the year 2012
  • Honored by the students of the 1st Vocational High School in Argos, who inaugurated their new studio "Image and Sound Studio IANNIS SMARAGDIS" in 2013.
  • Excellence Award from the European Council for Youth Mobility in Research and Technology during the event "Excellence Awards, Greeks who are Role Models for the New Generation" in 2010
  • Honorary Member of the Giuseppe Sciacca International Awards Committee 2012.
  • Appointed Director of Cinema and Theatre and Head of all scientific research of the relative department by the Istituto di Studi Giuridici Economici e Sociali Internazionali I.S.G.E.S.I. 2013
  • Wisdom Award (Vraveion Sophiis) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for his film EL GRECO, in Delphi, Greece. Summer 2008
  • International Award for the Best Director in the world "GIUSEPPE SCIACCA 2008", in Rome – Italy
  • The Euro - American Women's Council's Award in Santa Barbara, California 2008
  • Artemis International Award by the European - American women Council 2008
  • Honorary Award at the Maremetraggio Film Festival in Trieste, Italy 2008
  • Voted Director of the Year in STATUS Magazine in 2008
  • Iannis Smaragdis is an honorary member of the Directors' Guild of America.

Other[edit]

Iannis Smaragdis has taught Mass Media courses at the Panteion University of Athens, as well as film direction and screenwriting at various film schools in Greece. He has published 2 books: «Poetic Geography», 1995 and «CAVAFY», 1997 - a literary form of the script of «Cavafy», the film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cavavy". Variety. April 5, 1997. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Fainaru, Dan (4 December 2007). "El Greco". Screen Daily. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "God Loves Caviar serves up a hero in Greece's hour of need". The Guardian. November 20, 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "TIFF movie review: God Loves Caviar". September 8, 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 

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