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Eternity and a Day (1998) (Theo Angelopoulos tribute)
New Beverly Cinema
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Eternity and a Day (1998) (Theo Angelopoulos tribute)
Wednesday and Thursday, March 21-22, 2012:
Palme d'Or winner, 1998 Cannes Film Festival

ETERNITY AND A DAY
1998, Greece, 132 minutes, 35mm, New Yorker Films
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Starring Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld,
Fabrizio Bentivoglio
In Greek with English subtitles
Wed & Thu: 8:00 pm

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NEW YORK FILMS' SYNOPSIS OF ETERNITY AND A DAY:

Winner of the Cannes Grand Prize, Eternity and A Day is a grandly ambitious and deeply personal testament by Greece's greatest filmmaker. The title refers to the last day in the life of Alexandre, a famous poet facing eternity as he prepares to enter the hospital with a terminal disease. Alexandre wanders through the port city of Thessaloniki, haunted by visions of his past. But he is drawn back to the present by one last adventure: his chance encounter with an Albanian refugee boy, whom he impulsively rescues, first from a police roundup, then from a kidnapping ring. Weaving through memory, imagination, history, and vignettes of ordinary life, the film's set pieces include a tense confrontation with the child abductors in a derelict building, a surreal standoff at the snow-covered Albanian border, a dusky encounter with the 19th-century poet Solomos, a lovely harborside wedding ceremony, and a ghostly bus ride through the rainy city night. These excursions through space and time are enhanced by Angelopolous's awesomely fluid camera, moving slowly, smoothly, constantly, to evoke a looming immanence that is mirrored by the immensity of the sea and horizon in the backgrounds of many shots. A meditation on mortality and on the artist's self-imposed isolation, Eternity and A Day continues the intimate focus of Angelopolous's recent work, but it also deftly integrates the Balkan conflict, and, more broadly, the identity crisis of post-Cold War Europe, marked by dissolving borders and expanding rootlessness.

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REVIEWS:

"Beautiful, mesmerizing. I was moved and captivated throughout its 132 minutes."
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader


"Angelopoulos' meditation on the meaning of one man's life is genuinely hypnotic in its way of transcending ordinary narrative."
Janet Maslin, New York Times

"A gorgeous elegy of a film."
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

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New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States


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