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The new edition of the international film festival ‘Cyprus Film Days’, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre, in collaboration this year with the Cyprus University of Technology and Media Desk – Cyprus, will take place between the 14th and 21st of March 2009 in Limassol (Rialto Theatre) and Nicosia (Pantheon Art Cinema). The festival’s programme features a selection of award winning films from all over the world. The festival is organized in cooperation with TEPAK and Media Desk Cyprus.


Main Screenings Programme

The main screenings program consists of 14 films, including the Cyprus Premier of two new films by Cypriot directors, Small Crime by Christos Georgiou and Hello Am Erika by Yiannis Ioannou. Other films on the program are the award winning Waltz with Bashir (Winner Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe Awards, 2009, Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film - Oscars, 2009), Lorna’s Silence, the new film by the Dardenne brothers, Four Nights with Anna by Jerzy Skolimowski, Correction by Thanos Anastopoulos and an excellent film by the rising and very promising American director Kelly Reichardt, entitled Wendy and Lucy. Also, there will be a series of films from the Middle East that were successfully screened in international film festivals over the previous year, including Captain Abu Raed (Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2007), Lemon Tree (Audience Award, Berlin IFF, 2008), Salt of This Sea (Palestine's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign-Language Film, 2008) and The Band’s Visit (Award of the Youth, FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes IFF, 2007). Also, there will be a special screening of the latest film by Corinna Avraamidou The Last Homecoming which received very positive reviews after screening at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

In keeping with the festival’s tradition, film enthusiasts will once again have the opportunity to vote for the best film as well as to talk with filmmakers and actors about their art.

Parallel Screenings


A new integral feature of this year’s festival is ‘Cinema and the City’, an Educational Program of themed screenings, aimed mainly at University and College students. The program is organized in an effort to encourage the participation of the educational community in general to the festival.

As Dr. Constantinides commented, these screenings will focus on ‘the concept of setting and more specifically on the representation of the city and its role in a film as a character and carrier of ideological and mental connections resulting from the differences in infrastructure and architecture that a director chooses to highlight’. Prior to the screenings there will be short lectures of educational nature appealing both to students and the general public, with a focus on the different traditions represented by the following films:

Τhe Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Night on Earth (Jim Jarmush, 1991)

Furthermore, there will be a set of screenings dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The following films by Miyazaki will be screened:

Spirited Away
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kiki’s Delivery Service



Entrance

Entrance is free for all afternoon screenings
Day Pass: € 5.00
Pass for all screenings: € 20.00

All films will be screened in their original language and there will be Greek and English Subtitles.

The screenings at TEPAK will be taking place in the Paukios Georgiades Auditorium. The films there will be screened from DVD.