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EDEN IS WEST
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original title:
EDEN IS WEST
directed by:
cast:
Riccardo Scamarcio, Anny Duperey, Eric Caravaca, Juliane Koelhler, Ulrich Tukur
screenplay:
Costa Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg
cinematography:
Patrick Blossier
editing:
Yannick Kergoat
set design:
Alexandre Bancel, Kostas Papageorgiou
costume design:
Mathé Pontanier
producer:
Michèle Ray-Gavras, Manos Krezias, Jérôme Seydoux, Dionyssis Samiotis, Salem Brahimi
production:
K.G. Productions (Athens), Odeon (Paris), Pathé (Paris), France 3 Cinéma (Paris), Nova, East Media Services, Finos Film, Greek Film Center
distributor:
world sales:
country:
Italy/France/Greece
year:
2009
film run:
111'
format:
35mm - colour
release date:
06/03/2009
festival & awards:
MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013: Costa Gavras. Resistance
BERLINALE 2009: Out of Competition
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: International Panorama
MOSTRA DE VALENCIA 2009: Critics Award; Special Jury Award
Everyone has a story. The beggar who raises a bowl has a story. The woman who sleeps drunk on the subway vent has a story. The man who, like Charlie Chaplin, flees at the mere sight of a cop’s uniform has a story. As in the Iliad, the adventures of our legendless hero begin in the Aegean Sea. On the same sea and under the same sun and sky that witnessed the dawn of civilization. After many brief adventures, including a stopover in Paradise, and a brief one in Hell, his epic ends magically in Paris. A Paris that sparkles in the dreams of every wanderer’s restless sleep. My film tries to mirror these wanderings, and is the story of those – who like us or our fathers and mothers before us – crisscrossed the earth, defying the oceans and uniformed bullies, in a search of a roof over their heads
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