Ulysses' Gaze DVD cover
|Directed by||Theo Angelopoulos|
|Produced by||Phoebe Economopoulos
|Written by||Theo Angelopoulos
|Music by||Eleni Karaindrou|
|Distributed by||Roissy Films|
Ulysses' Gaze (Greek: Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα, translit. To Vlemma tou Odyssea) is a 1995 Greek film directed by Theo Angelopoulos. The film was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
A successful Greek filmmaker A (Harvey Keitel) is returning home and sets out on an epic journey across the battered Balkans in search of three lost reels of film by the Manaki brothers, the pioneering photographers who introduced movies into the Ottoman Balkans at the beginning of the century.
The search for the reels of film works as a metaphor for a search for the common history of the Balkan countries, before the Balkan Wars split them along ethnic lines.
The film ends in Sarajevo, where A finds both the lost reels and his true love (Maia Morgensten), who is executed by a death squad. The director laments both the lost love and the impossibility of building a new solidarity in the Balkans.
- Harvey Keitel as A
- Maia Morgenstern as woman in A's home town (Penelope), Kali (Calypso), widow (Circe), Naomi (Nausicaa)
- Erland Josephson as Ivo Levy
- Thanassis Veggos as the taxi driver
- Yorgos Michalakopoulos as Nikos
- Dora Volanaki as the old lady in Albania
- Mania Papadimitriou as A's mother
The actor Gian Maria Volontè died during the filming. He was replaced by Erland Josephson and the film was dedicated to Volontè's memory.
- Grand Jury Prize - 1995 Cannes Film Festival
- Critics Award 1995 - European Film Academy
- The Top 100 Films of All Time - TIME magazine
- The Top 100 Films of All Time - The Moving Arts Film Journal
- List of submissions to the 68th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Greek submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- "41 to Compete for Foreign Language Oscar Nominations". FilmFestivals.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
- "Festival de Cannes: Ulysses' Gaze". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-05.