Dinos Dimopoulos


Greece, 1960

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Vougiouklaki sparks again on-screen with Dimitris Papamichael, while commencing a professional love affair with filmmaker Dinos Dimopoulos in arguably her best dramatic performance.

In order to support her siblings when her father suddenly passes away, Madalena (Aliki Vougiouklaki) takes over the running of his inter-island ferry business. However, the small and staunchly conservative island community does not approve and they shift their support to the family’s competitor.

Undaunted by prejudice, Madalena powers on, determined to prove them wrong. As the financial pressures mount, a burgeoning love for the son of the rival ferry owner (Dimitris Papamichael) complicates matters. Madalena is faced with a choice: ensure her family’s security by entering into a loveless, arranged marriage or risk everything to keep her independence and father’s legacy alive.

A heart-warming conundrum of love versus duty, Madalena features stunning cinematography by Walter Lassaly that documents the timeless beauty of the Agean, and an emblematic music score by Manos Hadjidakis.

A multiple award-winner at the 1960 Thessaloniki Film Festival, including Best Actress for Vougiouklaki.

Written by Giorgos Roussos
Produced by Theophanos A. Damaskinos & Victor G. Michaelidis.
Cast: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichali, Pantelis Zervos, Thodoros Moridis.

About the Director:
Dino Dimopoulos (1921 to 2003) was a Greek actor, screenwriter, and film and theatre director. He directed 47 films between 1953 and 1993, of which three (Lady and the Tramp, Madalena and The Fairy and the Man) starring Aliki Vougiouklaki are screening in this year’s GFF program.

Greek Synopsis:
Ύστερα από τον ξαφνικό θάνατο του πατέρα της, η Μανταλένα αναλαμβάνει τις επιχειρήσεις του, σε καράβια, που άφησε πίσω του. Ο έρωτας όμως με τον γιο ενός ανταγωνιστή, στις ίδιες επιχειρήσεις, περιπλέκει την υπόθεση.