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In a rare television interview last year, Angelopoulos said his next film was to be about Greece’s major financial crisis, and he publicly called on rival political parties to work together to try and ease the hardships facing many Greeks.

“I remain a leftist in total confusion,” he told state-run NET television, in the interview given several months before the country’s two main rival political parties agreed to form a coalition government.

“This is an emergency situation. We must realize this. So we must all examine what can be done _ the left and right. This is my plea,” he said.

“I am afraid of what tomorrow will bring.”