“Theo, your scenario has become the daily life of Greece. Shortly after the shooting was stopped, the migrants arrived in their thousands at the port of Piraeus. They lived here, a few meters away from the set of your last film.” (Irène Jacob, narrator)
Narrated by French actress Irène Jacob, Letter to Theo is an ode to late Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos and at the same time a study of the current European conditions, following the global economic recession and the migrant crisis. Using meticulous long takes, Elodie Lélu constructs a poetic cinematic experience. Angelopoulos, the “filmmaker of the lost gazes” – who died in 2012 in a motorcycle accident on the set of his last, unfinished, film – had often dealt with themes of immigration in his work, and Letter to Theo celebrates his legacy by interweaving scenes from his films with documentary footage of present-day Greece with the migrant influx and local political unrest.