‘Dust of Time’ premieres today

The artist’s anxiety before the big opening was obvious at filmmaker Theodoros Angelopoulos’s recent meeting with the press. The director presented his new movie, «The Dust of Time,» which is set to make its official Athens premiere today. Angelopoulos did not say much by way of introduction, but he responded well to the many questions put to him. He talked about commercial cinema which targets a large audience and also about the kind of cinema that tries to find an audience and communicate with people of particular sensitivity. He described his student years as «a time of absolute innocence and a visionary relationship with the future which no longer exists.» When discussing critics and criticism, he was unable to hide a tone of bitterness and anger: «Filmmakers are not chosen by critics or the audience. They are chosen by time.» He commented on his films, the chapters of a long story on human destiny, on the time that has already passed and that which is now transpiring as well as the current era. «We are experiencing a time with a closed horizon. It is the most locked-up period I have experienced, it is a 100 percent foggy landscape. We are living in a world that has no idea where it is heading.» Next project Angelopoulos said he was the intermediary for turning existing stories into reality. For the first time, he revealed the provisional title of his next film, «Tomorrow,» but refused to say more about it. «An idea needs to sleep until it is born. If you shake it, it is destroyed.» «The Dust of Time» is described as a story without borders, a review of the past century through a love that challenges time. «I hope the film will be seen for what it is and not as something else,» he said, ending the meeting, two days before the film’s Athens premiere and three days ahead of its screening at the Berlin Film Festival.

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