The Real Life Story of George Zorbas – Feature Film
Alexis Zorbas or Zorba the Greek is one of the most memorable characters in all of film history and the Nikos Kazantzakis book is one of the best works of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis was considered a giant of modern Greek writing and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years.
Nikos Kazantzakis, in 1929, visited cities of Soviet Russia. George Stasinakis, who is founder and chairman of the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis, following Kazantzakis’ roads in Soviet Russia, passed through your regions as Almaty, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Ashgabat, Baku, Tbilisi.
Kazantzakis admired five people in his life: Homer, Buddha, Neitze, Bergson, and George Zorbas. In his book “Alexis Zorbas”, the author introduced his own Zorbas and used real as well as fictional elements such as: Zorbas was not called Alexis, but George. Zorbas never went to a lignite mine in Crete but in west Mani. He didn’t dance a zirtaki, but a zeibeki. etc.
The story balances between logic and emotion. Kazantzakis acts with logic, Zorba with emotion. “The mind is comfortable, the heart is not.” In essence, Kazantzakis always acts with logic while Zorba acts with emotion. It is an informal “conflict” between two worlds, with each character moving through life and giving solutions according to their character. It is an informal “clash” of two worlds from which a strong friendship is created.
The director of the movie “The Real Zorbas”, Babis Tsokas, comes from Preveza, Greece and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a eupatrides who creates culture uncharitably. He has directed about 1000 short and feature films, always highlighting human values and cultivating souls.
In this film the director presents the real Zorba, receiving information from Kazantzakis, Stasinakis, Anapliotis, Exarchoulea and from testimonies of people from Stoupa-Pastrova of west Mani. Thus the film is characterized as dramatic and historical. It contains the real life of Zorba from a small child to the end of his life (1865-1941). It presents the character of a special resourceful Greek in difficult times, before World War I, the interwar period and the beginning of World War II.
To make the Real Life Story of George Zorbas film, the director Babis Tsokas used 300 volunteer friends: cameramen, photographers, sound engineers from Sweden and actors from the theater groups of Kalamata (Southern Peloponnese), who all participated voluntarily. The Messinian Amphictyonia was the only sponsor covering small expenses. This film is dedicated to volunteerism.
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The ticket includes the screening of the short film “Imbroglio”
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