Theo Angelopoulos, the filmmaker of migration

In Letter to Theo, French director Élodie Lélu revisits Angelopoulos’ unfinished film, reminiscing on their collaborative work on the project that was in some ways prophetic of the present-day Greece.

Orginal title: Lettre à Théo)
Director: Élodie Lélu
Producer: Isabelle Truc
Country: Belgium, 2018, 63 min.

«There are the forgotten films. There are the lost films, the reels of which are found years later. And there are the unfinished films, which remain in limbo between fantasy and reality.» – from Letter to Theo

One of Greece’s most celebrated directors Theodoros Angelopoulos passed away in January 2012 before he could finish his film. He died on the set of what he planned to call The Other Sea, a fiction film that recounted the smuggling of migrants and their arrival at the Greek port of Piraeus, shortly before this fictitious scenario became the reality of Greece.

In Letter to Theo, which had its world premiere at this year’s DOK Leipzig, French director Élodie Lélu revisits Angelopoulos’ unfinished film, reminiscing on their collaborative work on the project that was in some ways prophetic of present-day Greece.

A diary film

Lélu’s film takes the form of a diary. In each diary entry, she addresses the late Theo, contemplating on his visions and tribulations as «the filmmaker of migration». Lélu engages with Angelopoulos’ oeuvre throughout . . .

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