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Takis Candilis: A Powerful Greek-French Director at Cannes

Director & Producer Takis Candilis

By Chloé Emmanouilidis

Takis Candilis, born in October 1954, has been a successful TV man, movie producer and TV program director for many years.

He is the son of Greek architect George Candilis. He was only 17 when he received  financial support from CNC (the French Cinema Comity) for his first script. His first film, produced while he was graduating, was selected by many film festivals around the world, confirming his passion for movies.

In 1982, he directed and produced a film called “Transit”, starring Richard Bohringer. The movie was selected at the Cannes Film Festival. The same year “Transit” opened the festival ‘’Jeune Cinéma’’ at Hyères.

This year, Takis Candilis is part of the Cannes Film Festival. He is one of the very prominent jurors of the committee that includes Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, actress Marisa Berenson, director Claude Lelouche, and Chief Editor of Premiè magazine. The committee rewards new talents with the “Espoirs Chopard” trophy. The President of the Jury was Robert De Nero.

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