After falling into a deep depression, Morris Moshe attempted to take his own life, and he was clinically dead for three and a quarter minutes before he began breathing again, and for reasons neither he or anyone else can explain he started talking abstractly about Africa once he came to. Filmmaker Anastas Charalampidis used Moshe's experience as a springboard for Ecce Momo, in which he explores his own life, his Greek-Russian heritage, his experiences in St. Petersburg and the nature of the creative process while pondering what might have happened to Moshe during his three minutes away from life. Embracing an eclectic variety of influences, Ecce Momo was shot and edited in a fluid but non-linear style, and the narration and outlook reflects the filmmaker's passion for the works of James Joyce and Henry Miller, both of whom are quoted at length. Ecce Momo was Anastas Charalampidis's first feature film, and received its world premiere at the 2008 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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