Vancouver Greek Film Festival
Screening Dates
  • June 16, 2022 7:00
Opening Night

From the Archive

Writer-intellectual Basil (Alan Bates), on a trip to Greece to investigate the inheritance of his father’s property in Crete, is befriended by freedom-loving boisterous Greek peasant Alexis Zorba (Anthony Quinn, in a volcanic, career-defining performance). When things go wrong, as they inevitably do in the course of their many adventures together, Zorba teaches Basil how to enjoy life even under the most trying circumstances. Zorba the Greek is filled with humour, pathos, tears, and joy—a classic. With outstanding performances (Bates, Quinn, Lila Kedrova, Irene Papas), black-and-white cinematography, faces of the people of Crete, and the music of Mikis Theodorakis, Zorba is lasting cinema that can be enjoyed today. After watching this film, you will be inspired to live life to its fullest! Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for seven, including three for prominent Greek-Cypriot director Michael Cacoyannis. In Greek and English with English subtitles.

Guests in attendance: Eleni Georgopoulou, Consulate General of Greece