The award-winning American director Alexander Payne met the love of his life in the face of a young lady, literature graduate, from Aegio while visiting the town.
Everything started last May, when Payne went to the city of Aegialia, where he hails from, following an invitation of the local agencies. As reported, 27-year old Maria Kontos had set as her goal to meet with the director up close, climbing on a chair behind the cameras during the Press conference, in order to maintain visual contact.
Next, she followed him during his further tour of Greece, where it seems a romantic relation developed between them. Alexander Pane, who has already been the recipient of two Oscars during his remarkable career, is the son of Greek-Americans restaurant owners and his full Greek name is Alexandros – Konstantinos Papadopoulos.
Despite his success, Payne has never severed his ties with his homeland Greece.