To vlemma tou Odyssea

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A Greek-American filmmaker, known simply as «A», returns to his hometown in northern Greece for a screening of his latest controversial film. His real reason for coming back, however, is to track down three long-missing reels of film by Greece's pioneering Manakia brothers who in the early years of cinema traveled through the Balkans, ignoring national and ethnic strife and recording ordinary people, especially craftsmen, on film. Their images, he believes, hold the key to lost innocence and essential truth, to an understanding of Balkan history Thus he embarks on a search that takes him across the war-torn Balkans, a landscape of spectral figures and broken dreams, right to the heart of darkness: a damaged film archive in Sarajevo where his quest ends. Like a latter-day Ulysses he finds his «Ithaca», the missing, undeveloped film and is at last united with the work of the Manakia brothers... his gaze communes with theirs and another journey begins.

Festivals & awards

Cannes Film Festival 1995: Grand Prix du Jury, FIPRESCI Award

Felix Award: Best European Film of the Year 1995

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Credits

Original Title
To vlemma tou Odyssea
Title
To vlemma tou Odyssea
Directed by
Theo Angelopoulos
Country
Greece
Year
1995
Screenplay
Theo Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris, Giorgio Silvagni
Film Editing
Takis Koumoundouros, Yannis Tsitsopoulos
Soundtrack
Eleni Karaindrou
Cinematography
Giorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinanos
Sound
Thanassis Arvanitis
Costumes
Giorgos Ziakas
Production Design
Nikos Triandafilopoulos
Production
Theo Angelopoulos, Phoebe Economopoulos, Eric Heumann
Formats
35mm, DVD
Runtime
176 min.
Language
Griechisch, Englisch, Italienisch/d/f
Cast
Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Mihalakopoulos, Costas Santas, Dora Volanaki, Mania Papadimitriou, Thanos Grammenos, Nadia Mourouzi, Vangelis Kazan, Eva Kotamanidou, Miranda Kounelaki, Christoforos Nezer, Vasilis Bouyiouklakis

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