Ulysses’ Gaze

Directed by Théo Angelopoulos On Friday, November 16 at 7:30 pm

Greece| 1995 | 35mm | 175’ | Greek with French subtitles
With : Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern and Erland Josphson.


A man (Harvey Keitel) travels across the Balkans of the 90’s, the Balkans of discord, fanaticism and war. It is a journey echoing the myth of Ulysses (Odysseus), a quest leading the hero from Greece to Albania, from Bulgaria to Rumania up to Cotnstanza on the Black Sea, and from the Danube to the former Yugoslavia: Belgrade, Vukovar, Mostar, Sarajevo. The pretext or deeper motive of this journey is the search for a short film that has remained undeveloped since the beginning of the century. It is perhaps the very first film made by the Manakis brothers, the pioneers of the Balkan cinema. A quest for the pristine gaze of lost innocence.

Director's Filmography


1970 Reconstruction

1977 The Hunters

1988 Landscape in the Mist

1991 The Suspended Step of The Stork

1995 Ulysses’ Gaze

1998 Eternity and a Day

2004 The Weaping Meadow

2009 The Dust of Time

festivals & awards


Awards – Grand Jury Prize, 1995, Cannes Film Festival

Awards – Critics Award: 1995 European Film Academy