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The Dust of Time (2008)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 593 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 12 February 2009 (Greece)
  • Runtime: Greece:125 min
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The Dust of Time (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Dust of Time (2008)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 593 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 12 February 2009 (Greece)
  • Runtime: Greece:125 min
  • Filming Location: Athens, Greece
  • Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
  • Stars: Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz and Michel Piccoli
  • Original Music By: Eleni Karaindrou   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Part Of Trilogy

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Theodoros Angelopoulos  writer
  • Tonino Guerra 
  • Petros Markaris 

Known Trivia

    Plot: A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents… See more »  »

    Story: A, 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.Written by Theo Angelopoulos  


    Synopsis: A., an American film director, of Greek descent, returns to the studios in Rome in order to continue shooting a film he had interrupted for some unknown reason.

    The film is the story of the love of a woman, his mother, for the two men she loved to the very end and who loved her to the very end.

    The characters in the film lose each other and find each other again, seeking each other in a journey in space, time and the great events of the last half of the 20th century in Siberia, North Kazakhstan, Italy, Germany, America. From the death of Stalin, the Watergate scandal and Vietnam to the fall of the Berlin wall, the new era and the traumatic refutation of the dream of a better world at the turn of the century.

    As though in a dream, A. recalls people and events in the past and painfully relives them in the present. In a deserted Berlin at the dawn of the 21st century, the snow falls silently on time past and time passing, on the universe.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Till Derenbach known as line producer
    • Phoebe Economopoulos known as producer
    • Amedeo Pagani known as co-producer
    • Claudia Poepsel known as co-producer
    • Vladimir Repnikov known as co-producer
    • Guido Simonetti known as line producer
    • Alexander Skvortsov known as co-producer
    • Mikhail Zilberman known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Willem Dafoe known as A
    • Bruno Ganz known as Jacob
    • Michel Piccoli known as Spyros
    • Irène Jacob known as Eleni (as Irene Jacob)
    • Christiane Paul known as Helga
    • Kostas Apostolidis known as Secretary
    • Tiziana Pfiffner known as Young Eleni
    • Alexandros Mylonas known as Man in the Train
    • Norman Mozzato known as Hotel Manager
    • Reni Pittaki known as Composer
    • Alessia Franchini known as A's Secretary
    • Valentina Carnelutti known as Empfangschefin
    • Chantel Brathwaite known as Young Eleni's Friend
    • Herbert Meurer known as Doctor
    • Sviatoslav Yshakov known as Grandfather
    • Vladimir Bogenko known as Head of Conservatory
    • Ivan Nemtsev known as German Organ Specialist
    • Nicque Derenbach known as Police psychologist
    • Nenad Lucic known as Obdachloser
    • Natalia Mihailidou known as Piano Soloist
    • Alexandre Myrat known as Conductor
    • Oliver Unkel known as Cinedom Gast
    • Joseph Stalin known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Elena Gregorini known as hair stylist
    • Giorgio Gregorini known as hair department head
    • Malgorzata Krystyna Kloda known as assistant makeup artist
    • Vittorio Sodano known as makeup effects designer

    Art Department:

    • Andrea Glufke known as property master
    • Cadu Miceli known as assistant property master: Italy
    • Lily Pungitore known as set decorator
    • Roberta Troncarelli known as assistant art director
    • Mauro Vanzati known as assistant art director
    • Markus Wollersheim known as assistant set decorator




    Production Companies:

    • Theo Angelopoulos Films
    • Greek Film Center (co-production)
    • Hellenic Radio & Television (ERT) (co-production)
    • Multichoice Hellas-Nova (co-production)
    • Classic (co-production)
    • Lichtmeer Film GmbH (co-production)
    • Studio 217 (co-production)
    • Greek Ministry of Culture (support)
    • Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l'Europe (with the support of)
    • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC) (support)
    • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (support)
    • Film Commission of the Ministry of Culture of Russia (support)

    Other Companies:

    • Tirelli Costumi  costumes by


    • Atalanta Filmes (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (all media)
    • NFP Marketing & Distribution (2009) (Germany) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • CFX Spezialeffekte
    • M.A.G. Special Effects

    Visual Effects by:

    • Andrea Conticelli known as digital compositor
    • Giulio Cuomo known as visual effects coordinator
    • Pasquale Di Viccaro known as digital compositor
    • Cosatti Francesco known as digital compositor: Proxima
    • Riccardo Gambi known as digital compositor
    • Marco Geracitano known as digital compositor: Proxima
    • Fabio Luongo known as lead compositor
    • Giacomo Matteucci known as rotoscope artist
    • Lorenzo Moneta known as main titles design
    • Claudio Napoli known as visual effects coordinator
    • Pietro Orlandi known as compositor
    • Emanuele Pescatori known as lead artist
    • Kristina Russo known as matchmove artist
    • Paesani Sara known as digital compositor: Proxima
    • Flaminia Speziale known as digital effects artist
    • Paolo Zeccara known as visual effects supervisor

    Release Date:

    • Greece 22 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
    • Germany 12 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • Greece 12 February 2009
    • Czech Republic 27 March 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
    • Canada August 2009 (Montréal Film Festival)
    • Finland 18 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
    • South Korea 10 October 2009 (Pusan International Film Festival)
    • Brazil 23 October 2009 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
    • Germany 29 October 2009
    • Turkey 4 December 2009
    • Italy 25 January 2010 (Trieste Film Festival)
    • Hong Kong 6 April 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Portugal 30 November 2010
    • Italy 1 June 2011



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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