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Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
(Greek: Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα, Mia aioniotita kai mia mera) is a 1998 Greek film starring Bruno Ganz, and directed by Theo Angelopoulos. The film won the Palme d'Or and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Soundtrack 4 Accolades 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Alexander (Bruno Ganz), a bearded poet, leaves his seaside apartment in Thessaloniki
after learning he has a terminal illness and must enter a hospital the next day for an unspecified "test". He is trying to get his affairs in order and find a new master for his dog. Alexander saves a six- or seven-year-old boy who is a vagrant window washer from a band of policemen who are chasing down similar boys. He pays a visit to his thirtyish daughter (Iris Chatziantoniou), and musing on his likely dead wife, Anna (Isabelle Renauld), who appears as almost the same age as their daughter. At his daughter’s apartment, he does not tell her of his diagnosis, instead hands her letters written by his wife, her mother. She reads them. He learns that his daughter and her lover have sold his apartment for demolition without telling him. The boy is trying to leave Greece but the way to Albania is not exactly an easy one, Alexander sees at the snowy mountain border an eerie barbed wire fence with what seem to be bodies stuck to it. As the pair wait for the gate to open, they have a change of mind about crossing, when the boy admits has been lying about his life in Albania. The two of them barely escape a border sentry who chases them and make it back to Alexander's automobile. The boy’s perilous existence brings Alexander out of his stupor and self-pity, and seemingly re-energizes him in his love for a dead 19th century Greek poet, Dionysios Solomos
Dionysios Solomos
(Fabrizio Bentivoglio), whose poem he longs to finish. The old poet and the boy are connected by fear. The former over what lies ahead, and if his life has had impact, and the latter over what lies ahead in his — especially a perilous return trip to Albania where, as he explains to Alexander, the path over the mountains is lined with land mines, as well as men who kidnap street boys to sell them for black market adopters (as well as possibly the sex trade). He pays a visit to his housekeeper, Urania (Helene Gerasimidou). She is manifestly smitten with him, but is in the middle of a wedding party and dance between her son and his bride. The scene plays on until Alexander interrupts. He leaves the dog, and then the dance and music, which had stopped, resume as if nothing had halted it. The boy goes to the ruins of a hospital, mourning another young boy, Selim, via a candlelight vigil, with dozens of other youths. The pair take a bus trip and encounter all sorts of people, from a tired political protester to an arguing couple to a classical music trio. They also look out the window as a trio of people on bicycles pedal by them, oddly dressed in bright yellow raincoats. The boy departs in the middle of the night, stowing aboard a huge, brightly lit ship whose destination is unknown. Alexander enters his old home. He looks about, exits out the back door, and into the sunny past where Anna and other friends are singing. They stop, ask him to join them, then they all dance, and soon, there is only the poet and his wife in motion. Then, she slowly pulls away, and he claims his hearing is gone. He also cannot see her, it seems. He calls out and asks how long tomorrow will be, after he had told her he refuses to go into the hospital, as planned. She tells him tomorrow will last eternity and a day. Cast[edit]

Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
as Alexandre Isabelle Renauld
Isabelle Renauld
as Anna Fabrizio Bentivoglio
Fabrizio Bentivoglio
as the poet Achileas Skevis as the child Alexandra Ladikou as Anna's mother Despina Bebedelli as Alexandre's mother Helene Gerasimidou as Urania Iris Chatziantoniou as Alexandre's daughter Nikos Kouros as Anna's uncle Alekos Oudinotis as Anna's father Nikos Kolovos as the doctor

Soundtrack[edit] The score by Eleni Karaindrou was released on the ECM New Series label in 1998. Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations

Award Category Recipients and nominees Result

1998 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Theodoros Angelopoulos Won

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Theodoros Angelopoulos Won

1998 Greek State Film Awards Best Film Theodoros Angelopoulos Won

Best Supporting Actress Eleni Gerasimidou Won

Best Director Theodoros Angelopoulos Won

Best Screenplay Theodoros Angelopoulos Won

Best Music Eleni Karaindrou Won

Best Set Decoration Giorgos Ziakas, Costas Dimitriadis Won

Best Costumes Design Giorgos Patsas Won

See also[edit]

Infinity plus one List of submissions to the 71st Academy Awards
71st Academy Awards
for Best Foreign Language Film List of Greek submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


^ "Festival de Cannes: Eternity and a Day". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ^ "45 Countries Submit Films for Oscar Consideration". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 19 November 1998. Archived from the original on 19 February 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

Mia aioniotita kai mia mera on IMDb Cannes Profile Review of Eternity and a Day

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Films directed by Theo Angelopoulos

Broadcast (1968) Reconstitution (1970) Days of '36
Days of '36
(1972) The Travelling Players
The Travelling Players
(1975) The Hunters (1977) Alexander the Great (1980) Athens (1983) Voyage to Cythera (1984) The Beekeeper (1986) Landscape in the Mist
Landscape in the Mist
(1988) The Suspended Step of the Stork
The Suspended Step of the Stork
(1991) Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze
(1995) Lumière and Company
Lumière and Company
(segment, 1995) Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
(1998) Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004) The Dust of Time
The Dust of Time
(2007) "Three Minutes" in To Each His Own Cinema
To Each His Own Cinema
(2007) "Sky Below" in Invisible World (2011)

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Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
winning films

Union Pacific (1939) Torment (Hets) (1946) The Lost Weekend (1946) The Red Meadows (1946) Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
(1946) María Candelaria
María Candelaria
(1946) Neecha Nagar (1946) The Turning Point (1946) La Symphonie pastorale (1946) The Last Chance (1946) Men Without Wings (1946) Rome, Open City
Rome, Open City
(1946) The Third Man
The Third Man
(1949) Miss Julie (1951) Miracle in Milan
Miracle in Milan
(1951) The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1951) Two Cents Worth of Hope
Two Cents Worth of Hope
(1952) The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear
(1953) Gate of Hell (1954) Marty (1955) The Silent World
The Silent World
(1956) Friendly Persuasion (1957) The Cranes Are Flying
The Cranes Are Flying
(1958) Black Orpheus
Black Orpheus
(1959) La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
(1960) The Long Absence
The Long Absence
(1961) Viridiana
(1961) O Pagador de Promessas
O Pagador de Promessas
(1962) The Leopard (1963) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(1964) The Knack ...and How to Get It
The Knack ...and How to Get It
(1965) A Man and a Woman
A Man and a Woman
(1966) The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
(1966) Blowup
(1967) if.... (1969) MASH (1970) The Go-Between (1971) The Working Class Goes to Heaven
The Working Class Goes to Heaven
(1972) The Mattei Affair
The Mattei Affair
(1972) The Hireling (1973) Scarecrow (1973) The Conversation
The Conversation
(1974) Chronicle of the Years of Fire
Chronicle of the Years of Fire
(1975) Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver
(1976) Padre Padrone
Padre Padrone
(1977) The Tree of Wooden Clogs
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
(1978) Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
(1979) The Tin Drum (1979) All That Jazz (1980) Kagemusha
(1980) Man of Iron (1981) Missing (1982) Yol
(1982) The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Paris, Texas (1984) When Father Was Away on Business (1985) The Mission (1986) Under the Sun of Satan (1987) Pelle the Conqueror
Pelle the Conqueror
(1988) Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989) Wild at Heart (1990) Barton Fink
Barton Fink
(1991) The Best Intentions
The Best Intentions
(1992) Farewell My Concubine (1993) The Piano
The Piano
(1993) Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction
(1994) Underground (1995) Secrets & Lies (1996) Taste of Cherry
Taste of Cherry
(1997) The Eel (1997) Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
(1998) Rosetta (1999) Dancer in the Dark
Dancer in the Dark
(2000) The Son's Room
The Son's Room
(2001) The Pianist (2002) Elephant (2003) Fahrenheit 9/11
Fahrenheit 9/11
(2004) The Child (2005) The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
(2007) The Class (2008) The White Ribbon
The White Ribbon
(2009) Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(2010) The Tree of Life (2011) Amour (2012) Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
(2013) Winter Sleep (2014) Dheepan
(2015) I, Daniel Blake (2016) The Square (2017)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 217045761 GND: 7587810-0 BNF: cb1444