Mikis Theodorakis Film Opens in German Cinemas (video)

Director Asteris Kutulas with actress Sandra von Ruffin (Photo © Erion Kovaçi)

A movie on the life of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis will premiere in German cinemas on May 10.

The film — Dance Fight Love Die — by director Asteris Kutulas is described as an exuberant visual epic; a poetic road movie from the world of the composer who inspired millions around the globe.

A first screening for film critics, artists, musicians, actors and many well-known guests from Germany and Greece took place at Berlin’s historic Babylon cinema May 2.

From 1987 to 2017 Kutulas was a constant at Theodorakis’ side. He captured countless moments of the composer’s life over three decades, four continents, 100 locations and 600 hours of footage.

For this film, Kutulas spliced extremely personal moments with treasures from the archives, documentary recordings, even the humorously grotesque, adding Theodorakis’ own music as reinterpreted by many, mostly young, artists who add to the master’s compositions their own personal inflections, be it from rock, jazz, classical, electro or rap.

Theodorakis scored for the films Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973). He composed the Mauthausen Trilogy also known as The Ballad of Mauthausen, which has been described as the “most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust” and possibly his best work. He is viewed as Greece’s best-known living composer.