Greece's award-winning director Theo Angelopoulos died on Tuesday
after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing a street, public
television NET reported. He was 76.
Angelopoulos died of cerebral hemmorage at a hospital where he
was transferred following the accident.
Angelopoulos became an emblematic figure of Greek cinema
beginning in the 1970s. His "Eternity and a Day" won the coveted
Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
He directed more than a dozen films, most of them examining
society in contemporary Greece.
Born on April 27, 1935 Angelopoulos studied law and had first
wanted to become a writer or a poet.
Among his films are "Megalexandros" which received the Golden
Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1980 and "Ulysses' Gaze"
which received the Grand Jury prize at Cannes in 1995.