Hellenic Film Academy
Film screening: Phaedra
by Jules Dassin
A cinematic adaptation of Hippolytus, Euripides’ tragedy, Phaedra, starring the late and great Melina Mercouri in the title role and co-starring Anthony Perkins, is one of Jules Dassin’s best-known and most beloved films. Dassin himself and Margarita Lymperaki co-wrote the screenplay, while Mikis Theodorakis scored the music. Costume designer Deni Vachlioti was nominated for an Academy Award and Melina Mercouri was a Golden Globe nominee in the category Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
The film screening will launch a collaboration between the Hellenic Film Academy and the Festival, while also being engaged in a sort of dialogue with the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus programme. The Epidaurus Festival kicks off with a production of Hippolytus, directed by Katerina Evangelatos at the Ancient Theatre and draws to a close with the movie adaptation of Phaedra at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.