Archive Cinema City 2010.

The Dust of Time

I skoni tou hronou

Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Russia
Year: 2008
Duration: 125 min

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Scenario: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Michel Piccoli, Bruno Ganz, Irène Jacob, Christiane Paul, Kostas Apostolidis, Tiziana Pfiffner, Alexandros Mylonas, Norman Mozzato, Reni Pittaki, Alessia Franchini, Valentina Carnelutti, Chantel Brathwaite, Herbert Meurer, Sviatoslav Yshakov

Programme selection: Balkan Box


An American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. The dust of time confuses memories. A searches for them and experiences them in the present.


Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece.