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Eternity and a Day (1998)

Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 May 1999 (USA)
Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.


(as Theo Angelopoulos)


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Credited cast:
The Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
(as Lazarus Andreou)
(as Aristotle Aposkitis)
Alexandros' Mother (as Despina Bebedeli)
Alexandros' Daughter
Dimitris Fotsinos-Safrantzas ...
Kid (as Dimitri Fotsinos-Safrantzas)
Alexandros (voice) (as Petros Fissoun)
Rony Gianari
Milena Giannakidou ...
(as Milena Gianakidou)
Ticket Inspector (as Mihalis Yanatos)


Alexander, an old writer, is ill and prepared to die. He says his goodbyes and recalls his life with his wife long ago. While driving his car he saves a street kid, an illegal immigrant from Albania, from being arrested. Later in the day, by chance, he sees the same boy being abducted, and follows in his car. Although he is preoccupied with his own regrets, he puts death on hold to find a way to help the boy. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eternity and a Day  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,221, 30 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,486, 3 October 1999
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1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruno Ganz delivered his lines in German and was dubbed into Greek. See more »


When the child goes to see his dead friend Selim in the morgue, we can see Selim's right eyelid slightly blinking just after the child closes the door. See more »


Alexandre: I know that one you will leave. The wind pushes your eyes away but today give me this day as if it was the last.
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Referenced in Hrysa koritsia: Episode #1.15 (2008) See more »


Asma asmaton
Music by Mikis Theodorakis
Lyrics Iakovos Kabanellis
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The art of a master
23 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

While not as thoroughly awe-inspiring as "Ulysses Gaze," "Eternity and a Day" is one of the most masterful films I've seen. It is full of beautiful, haunting images that have stayed with me long since seeing it. Like the other Angelopoulos films I've seen, it is a somewhat dense, contemplative film, but it shouldn't be seen as intimidating or unaccessible. The storyline, despite the frequent flashbacks, is easy to follow, the the emotional impact never ceases. An impressive, inspiring film.

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