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The Look of Ulysses

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Original title
To Vlemma tou Odyssea (Ulysses' Gaze)
Running time
176 min.
Greece Greece
Tonino Guerra, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Petros Markaris
Eleni Karaindrou
Giorgos Arvanitis
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Co-production Greece-France-Italy-Germany; Greek Film Center / Mega Channel / Paradis Films / La Générale d'Images / La Sept-Arte / Basic Cinematografica / Istituto Luce / Canal+ / Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) / Concorde Filmverleih
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
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
1997: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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