[dir: Theo Angelopoulos, 1995, 169 mins]
An epic chronicle of 100 years of Balkan conflict and a highly personal celebration of a century of cinema, Ulysses’ Gaze stars Harvey Keitel as a Greek-American filmmaker who journeys across the turbulent Balkan countries of the 1990s. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Ulysses’ Gaze is a hypnotic and sorrowful but ultimately rewarding film about both the absence and presence of the past in memory that finds Europe’s heart of darkness in Sarajevo. Theo Angelopoulous (1935-2012) was a giant of Greek cinema, whose magisterial style and dreamlike, gently unfolding narratives offer subtle and complex political allegories and blur any distinction between film and poetry.
This screening is preceded by a panel discussion exploring the history and current condition of Greek cinema in the context of the European Union, the traditions of the European art house, and contemporary World cinema as a whole. The discussion is chaired by Professor Rob Stone, Chair of European Film and Co-director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is joined by Dr Lydia Papadimitriou of Liverpool John Moores University, author of The Greek Film Musical: A Critical and Cultural History (2006), co-editor of Greek Cinema: Texts, Forms and Identities (2011) and principal editor of the new Journal of Greek Media Culture (Intellect), as well as other experts to be announced nearer the screening.
Presented by B-Film in partnership with Arts & Science Festival and mac birmingham as part of Homer’s Odyssey Today, a series of events focusing on the Odyssey’s afterlife from a variety of perspectives.
*A discounted screening pass (£12/10) is available when tickets for Ulysses Gaze and Contempt are booked together.