Winner of the Cannes Grand Prize, Eternity and A Day is a grandly ambitious and deeply personal testament by Greece's greatest filmmaker. The title refers to the last day in the life of Alexandre, a famous poet facing eternity as he prepares to enter the hospital with a terminal disease. Alexandre wanders through the port city of Thessaloniki, haunted by visions of his past. But he is drawn back to the present by one last adventure: his chance encounter with an Albanian refugee boy, whom he impulsively rescues, first from a police roundup, then from a kidnapping ring. Weaving through memory, imagination, history, and vignettes of ordinary life, the film's set pieces include a tense confrontation with the child abductors in a derelict building, a surreal standoff at the snow-covered Albanian border, a dusky encounter with the 19th-century poet Solomos, a lovely harborside wedding ceremony, and a ghostly bus ride through the rainy city night. These excursions through space and time are enhanced by Angelopolous's awesomely fluid camera, moving slowly, smoothly, constantly, to evoke a looming immanence that is mirrored by the immensity of the sea and horizon in the backgrounds of many shots. A meditation on mortality and on the artist's self-imposed isolation, Eternity and A Day continues the intimate focus of Angelopolous's recent work, but it also deftly integrates the Balkan conflict, and, more broadly, the identity crisis of post-Cold War Europe, marked by dissolving borders and expanding rootlessness.