After battling with a heart condition over the last ten days Michael (Michalis) Cacoyannis, a Greek film Director, died this morning at the Evagelismos Hospital in Athens. An icon in the film industry in Greece, Cacoyannis made a fantastic career in directing. Having distinguished himself as an international filmmaker, Cacoyannis also worked as a theater and opera director. He has written screenplays as well as translating Shakespeare into Greek and Euripides into English.
Having received many awards for his work, including the Order of the Gold Phoenix (Greece), the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (France) as well as others, Cacoyannis is viewed in the international film arena as an innovator and enthusiast. In 2004, as a way to continue his love for Greek theatre and cinema, Cacoyannis created a foundation in his name whose main goal is to promote, support and preserve the arts of theatre and cinema. Located in Piraeus Street in the district of Tavros, the foundation opened its doors in 2009. Though his work lives on, Cacoyannis is an icon in the Greeks arts community that will be missed and whose work will be cherished forever.
Source: Athens News
For more information on Michael Cacoyannis visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihalis_Kakogiannis