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Theo Angelopoulos: A Retrospective for the Present (Online panel discussion)

November 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
by Zoom,

This panel brings together distinguished scholars of Greek cinema to discuss the Greek director’s enduring contributions to a global cinema of time, history, and social crisis. Our speakers will discuss various aspects of Angelopoulos’s contemporaneity, from the global impact of his distinctive filmic style and the philosophical dimensions of his visual language to the cinematic representation of issues that deeply challenge us today, including migration, social identity and displacement. The panel showcases Angelopoulos as an artist and thinker vital to our own grasp of our present and future.


  • Vangelis Calotychos is Associate Professor of Classics at Brown University and Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association). He is the author of Modern Greece, a Cultural Poetics (2004) and The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece after 1989 (2013), and editor of Manolis Anagnostakis: Poetry and Politics, Silence and Agency in Post-War Greece (2012).
  • Vrasidas Karalis holds the Chair of Sir Nicholas Laurantos in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at the University of Sydney. He has translated Patrick White’s Voss and The Vivisector. He is the editor of Modern Greek Studies (Australian and New Zealand). His main publications in English include, A History of Greek Cinema (Continuum 2012), Realism in Greek Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2017), Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris (Brandl & Sclesinger, 2007), The Demons of Athens (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2013), Reflections on Presence (re. Press, 2016), The Cinematic Language of Theo Angelopoulos (Berhghan Press, 2021) and the forthcoming Theo Angelopoulos Philosopher and Filmmaker (Palgrave 2023). He has also edited the collections Cornelios Castoriadis and the Project of Radical Democracy (2013), Martin Heidegger and the Aesthetics of Being (2008), Power, Justice and Judgement in Hannah Arendt (2012). He is currently working on the Australian film-maker George Miller.
  • Lydia Papadimitriou is Reader (Associate Professor) in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. She has published extensively on different aspects of Greek and Balkan cinema, including financing and co-productions, (digital) distribution, film festivals, politics and documentary. She is the author of The Greek Film Musical (2006), co-editor of Greek Cinema: Texts, Forms and Identities (2011), and principal editor of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture. Her co-edited (with Ana Grgic) volume Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Transnational Exchanges and Global Circuits was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

The presentations and discussion will be followed by a Q & A with the audience, moderated by Professor Laurie Kain Hart (Anthropology; Director of the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies) and Dr. Simos Zenios (Associate Director of the UCLA SNF Hellenic Center; Stavros Niarchos Foundation & Ioannis P. and Eirini Caloyeras Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Culture).

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The panel is part of the Landscapes of Time: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos retrospective, which is presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture with support from the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies and with the community partnership of the LAGFF. The retrospective is held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles. 


November 20, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies


by Zoom