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Eternity and a Day

A Feature film by Théo Angelopoulos

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 28/10/1998

    Synopsis

    This Sunday, the rain falling on Salonika is the color of dusk. Alexander, a great novelist, prepares to take his final leave of the house by the sea where he has lived all his life. He comes across an old letter from his wife Anna, in which she writes about a summer’s day thirty years ago. It sets Alexander off on a curious journey in which the present and the past are intertwined. By following the chimerical words of his novels, he has let the happy moments of his life slip through his fingers. Moments he wants to retrieve, for a day ... for eternity.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Paradis Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Greek Film Centre / Centre du cinéma grec

    Co-productions :

    Intermedias, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    AFMD

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    International releases (22)

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    Subject

    "Light years from the world of television (no close-ups), commercials (no jerky cutting) and standard narrative technique (no conventional continuity or psychology), Angelopoulos makes the sequence shot sublime, breathes soul into the pan, mummifies the characters, evacuates the frame, populates the soundtrack with offscreen voices, outflanks the actors, slams genres together and explodes chronology. The result is melancholy and slow, dark and hieratic with flashes that stab like shards of glass. It’s as though the sole purpose of this alienation were to engineer the most overturned connections the human mind is capable of making. This stream-of-consciousness cinema composes an elegy to humanity with its bruised childhoods, sold-out revolutions, defunct loves, trampled hopes and utopia reborn."
    (Jacques Mandelbaum in “Le Monde”, October 29th 1998)

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Éric Heumann

    Directors of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinani

    Production Manager :

    Emilio Konistsiotis

    Editor :

    Yannis Tsitsopoulos

    Music Composer :

    Eléni Karaïndrou

    Screenwriter :

    Théo Angelopoulos

    Sound recordist :

    Nikos Papadimitriou

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff, Valérie Chabrier

    Production Designers :

    Yorgos Patsas, Yorgos Ziakas

    Costume designer :

    Yorgos Patsas

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    Greek

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    28/10/1998

    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    91.452

    Visa issue date :

    16/10/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (3)

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2009

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2009)

    Selection

    Official International Selection

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 1999

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 1999)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Awards