Synopsis

SYNOPSIS


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.

Greece, 1999
130 min. Unrated
In Greek with English subtitles
Color

FILMMAKERS

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Producer
Photography

Editor
Music
THEODOROS ANGELOPOULOS
THEODOROS ANGELOPOULOS
TONINO GUERRA
PETROS MARKARIS
PHOEBE ECONOMOPOULOS
GIORGOS ARVANITIS
ANDREAS SINANOS
YANNIS TSITSOPOULOS
ELENI KARAINDROU

CAST


Alexandre
Anna
The Poet
The Child
Anna's Mother
Alexandre's Mother
Urania
Alexandre's Daughter

BRUNO GANZ
ISABELLE RENAULDFABRIZIO
BENTIVOGLIO
ACHILEAS SKEVIS
ALEXANDRA LADIKOU
DESPINA BEBEDELLI
ELENI GERASIMIDOU
IRIS CHATZIANTONIOU