200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1955

Giorgos Tzavellas films “Kalpiki lira” (The counterfeit coin)

GiorgosTzavellas (1916-1976), a self-taught director, wrote and directed the film The Counterfeit Coin and presented it abroad for the first time. It is a collection of four subplots that interconnect through a narrator (Dimitris Myrat). It was the first film of its kind in Greece. The soundtrack was written by Manos Hadjidakis, and the protagonists were some of the most famous Greek actors of the time, Dimitris Horn, Elli Lambeti, Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilya Livykou, and Mimis Fotopoulos. The film received awards at the Film Festival of Bari and Moscow and also at the Cannes Film Festival and the Film Festival of Karlovy Vary.