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The Look of Ulysses

7.5
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Original title
To Vlemma tou Odyssea (Ulysses' Gaze)
Year
Running time
176 min.
Country
Greece Greece
Director
Screenwriter
Tonino Guerra, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Petros Markaris
Music
Eleni Karaindrou
Cinematography
Giorgos Arvanitis
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Greece-France-Italy-Germany; Greek Film Center / Mega Channel / Paradis Films / La Générale d'Images / La Sept Cinéma / Basic Cinematografica / Istituto Luce / Canal+ / RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana / Concorde Filmverleih
Genre
Drama | Film In Film. Road Movie
Synopsis / Plot
"A," a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A's real interest lies elsewhere--the mythical reels of the very first film shot by the Manakia brothers, who, at the dawn of the age of cinema, tirelessly criss-crossed the Balkans and, without regard for national and ethnic strife, recorded the region's history and customs. Did these primitive, never-developed images really exist? If so, where are they? - "Why 'A'? It's an alphabetical choice. Every filmmaker remembers the first time he looked through the viewfinder of a camera. It is a moment that is not so much the discovery of cinema, but the discovery of the world. But there comes a moment when the filmmaker begins to doubt his own capacity to see things, when he no longer knows if his gaze is right and innocent." --Theo Angelopoulos
Awards
1995: Cannes: Jury Prize. FIPRESCI Award (ex-aequo with "Tierra and libertad")
1995: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated Best Producer
1995: European Film Awards: FIPRESCI Award
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