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Eternity and a Day

A Feature film by Théo Angelopoulos

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 28/10/1998

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Executive Producer :

Paradis Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Greek Film Centre / Centre du cinéma grec

Co-productions :

Intermedias, Arte France Cinéma

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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.


"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)


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

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 10 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2009

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


Official International Selection

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 1999

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 1999)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)


Official Competition - Feature Films