Banned by the Greek government after its showing at the Thessalonika Festival, this film is concerned with the extermination of the Greek population of Asia Minor after the defeat of the Greek army in 1922. —BFI
Nikos Koundouros (Greek: Νίκος Κούνδουρος), is a Greek film director, born in Agios Nikolaos, Crete in 1926.
He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and was later exiled because of his political beliefs to the Makronissos island. At the age of 28 he decided to follow a career in cinematography. He started his career as a director of the film Magiki Polis (1954), where he combined his neorealism influences with his own artistic viewpoint. He cast Thanasis Veggos, who he had met at Makronissos, as one of the characters in Magiki Polis. After the release of his complex and innovative film O Drakos, he found acceptance as a prominent artist in Greece and Europe, and acquired important awards in various international and Greek film festivals. His 1963 film Young Aphrodites won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
Had this been a French, U.S., English, Japanese or Italian production, it would have been praised by everyone and it would have been talked by any wannabe cinephile in this world.....for the time being, Koundouros remains one of the most underrated directors in my country, Stathopoulou greatly delivers a challenging performance and the word "epic" is not a small one for a film like that.