Michael Cacoyannis, the son of Angeliki and Panayotis Cacoyannis, was born in Lemesos, Cyprus, in the 11th of June 1921.
He studied Law, as well as, Art & Direction in London. In 1947, he began his career as a stage actor, in England. Soon after his short-lived stage career he turned to direction. In 1953 Cacoyannis returned to Greece, and in 1954 he directed Sunday Awakening This was the starting point of his international career. Stella, the Girl in Black, the Last Lie, his trilogy: Electra, Troades and Ifigenia, and Zorbas are some of Cacoyannis films. These were screened in acclaimed, world-known festivals and were awarded in various categories.
Cacoyannis collaborated with Greece’s greatest actors, as well as, with famous and well-respected American and European actors.