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.
Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos. AKA Ulysses’ Gaze / Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα
Writers: Tonino Guerra, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Petros Markaris, Giorgio Silvagni, Kaii Tsitseli (dialogue translation), Homer (poem) (uncredited).
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Mihalakopoulos, Dora Volanaki, Mania Papadimitriou, Giorgios Konstas, Thanos Grammenos, Alekos Oudinotis, Angel Ivanov, Ljuba Tadic, Vaggelis Liodakis, Gert Llanaj, Agni Vlahou, Giannis Zavradinos, Vangelis Kazan, Mirka Kalatzopoulou, Dimitris Kaberidis.
1995 Cannes Film Festival – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize.
1995 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.