Eternity and a day

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Greece, 1998


On a rainy Sunday in Thessaloniki, Alexander, a writer prepares to leave his lifelong home by the sea. Tomorrow, Alexander is going into the hospital, from where he knows he will never leave. He finds letters from his long-dead wife Anna, and instantly becomes ensnared by memories. He realizes how much she loved him, and how he took her love for granted. Driven as he was by his passion for writing, he feels that lost moments of happiness haunt him from an irretrievable past. But he sudden meeting with an Albanian boy seems to offer the possibility of recapturing those moments. Alexander attempts to reunite the boy with his grandmother in Albania, and so begins a mysterious journey and a touching relationship between the writer and the child. Past and present intertwine as the veil of memory is lifted to reveal an ambiguous reality.


Theodoros Angelopoulos



Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos

Writing Credits: Theodoros Angelopoulos (idea and scenario), Petros Markaris, Tonino Guerra

Cinematography: Giorgos Arvanitis,Andreas Sinanos

Editing: Yannis Tsitsopoulos

Music: Eleni Karaindrou

Sound: Bernard Leroux – Nikos Papadimitriou, James Seddon, Kostas Varympopiotis

Sets: Costas Dimitriadis, Giorgos Ziakas

Make up: Giannis Pamoukis

Costumes: Giorgos Patsas

Producers: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Phoebe Economopoulos, Richard Hawley, Eric Heumann, Amedeo Pagani, Giorgio Silvagni

Production: Paradis Films, International S.A., La Sept Cinema, CANAL +, Classic SRL, Istituto Luce, Greek Film Center, WDR&ARTE

Duration: 132′

Color: Color

Bruno Ganz – Alexander
Isabelle Renauld – Anna
Fabrizio Bentivoglio – The Poet
Achileas Skevis – The Child
Alexandra Ladikou – Anna’s Mother
Despina Bebedelli – Alexandre’s Mother
Eleni Gerasimidou – Urania
Iris Chatziantoniou – Alexander’s Daughter
Nikos Kouros – Anna’s Uncle
Alekos Oudinotis – Anna’s Father
Nikolas Kolovos – The Doctor (as Nikos Kolovos)

Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival, 1998


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