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Zorba director mourned at funeral

The Cyprus-born filmmaker passed away in hospital on Monday (25Jul11) after suffering complications from a heart attack and respiratory problems. He was 89.

The star's friends and family gathered at a church in Athens on Thursday (28Jul11) to bid farewell to the film icon in an emotional ceremony.

Among the mourners were composer Mikis Theodorakis, actors Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Costas Ferris and Constantine Giannaris, and local politicians.

Greece's Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou gave a touching eulogy at the funeral, telling attendees, ""Today we say goodbye to a great creator who brought Greek culture to the rest of the world.""

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