Duncan Bell, a wealthy alcoholic living in the West Indies, quarrels with his wife and leaves the cocktail party he is hosting to board his speedboat with his 10-year-old son, Cam. The boat explodes, and as the two cling to debris, Duncan reviews his past. He recalls how he met his wife, Liana, in Rome after the war and her supposed infidelity with Rudi, a playboy, in Paris. He also recalls the boredom which caused him to attempt to sail a yacht around the world before the crew abandoned ship, his subsequent acclaim as a hero, and the start of his drinking problem. In the water for 6 hours and close to death, Duncan begins to see things in perspective and determines to start his life afresh. —Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Born on June 11, 1921 in Limassol, Cyprus, Michael Cacoyannis was the elder son of Sir Panayiotis and Lady Cacoyannis. He studied law in London and was called to the Bar (Barrister-at-law) in 1943. While working for the BBC’s Greek service, first as a news announcer and then as a producer of cultural programs, he also studied acting at the Central School of Dramatic Art in London and directing at the Old Vic School.
Not long after his debut as an actor in 1947, he decided to concentrate instead on directing. In 1952 he left London to settle in Athens and one year later the success of his first film (“Windfall in Athens”) marked the beginning of an international career in directing. Among them “Stella”, “A Girl in Black”, “A Matter of Dignity”, “Zorba the Greek” and the trilogy of “Electra”, “The Trojan Women”, “Iphigenia”, his films were regurarly screened at the most prestigious International film festivals, receiving awards and distinctions. Michael Cacoyannis has worked… read more