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Eternity and a Day

Eternity and a Day

A Feature film by Théo Angelopoulos

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 28/10/1998


    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 (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Paradis Films

    Foreign production company :

    Theo Angelopoulos Production

    French distribution :


    Co-productions :

    Intermedias, La Sept Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Greek Film Centre / Centre du cinéma grec

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    International releases (19)

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    "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 (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Éric Heumann

    Foreign producers :

    Giorgio Silvagni, 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

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Greece, France, Italy

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Greece, France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (5)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 1999

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 1999)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)


    Official Competition - Feature Films