Veteran director Koundouros dies at home aged 91
The veteran Greek film director Nikos Koundouros died at his Athens home yesterday at the age of 91.
Best known for his 1956 film “O Drakos” (The Ogre of Athens), a landmark film noir, Koundouros had been hospitalized recently with respiratory problems. Widely acclaimed, his 1963 film “Young Aphrodites” won the Silver Bear for best director at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival. During World War II, Koundouros was a member of the left-wing EAM-ELAS resistance, and was exiled to the Makronissos prison island. His funeral will be at the Athens First Cemetery on Saturday.