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January 25, 2012 at 08:25 PM EST

Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has passed away after a freak accident on the set of his latest film, reports Reuters. The 77-year-old winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or (for 1998’s Eternity and a Day) was run down by an off-duty policeman’s motorcycle yesterday while filming The Other Sea, a film about the Greek debt crisis. Angelopoulos was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away hours later from brain injuries and internal bleeding. Among his many awards, Angelopoulos also won the Cannes Grand Jury prize for 1995’s Ulysses’ Gaze, as well as distinctions from the Venice Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festiva, the Goya Awards, and the European Film Awards.

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