The 10th International Film Festival ‘Cyprus Film Days 2012’ announces the films in international competition, which will participate in this year’s Glocal Images, the festival’s competitive section. The Festival also announces the International Jury.
The granting of awards for films participating in the competitive section of the festival has been appointed to an international three-member jury consisting of Yannis Economides, (Film Director, Cyprus/ Greece, ‘Knifer’, ‘Soul kicking’, ‘Matchbox’), Rossitsa Valkanova (Film Producer, Bulgaria, Producer among others of the film ‘Shelter’ which received Best Film Award at the Sofia International Film Festival in 2011) and Arta Dobroshi (Actress, Kosova, Nominated for Best Actress Award at the European Film Academy Awards and Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for her stunning performance in the film ‘Lorna’s Silence’.) The international jury will grant the following awards to the films competing: Best Film Award (accompanied by €7.000 cash prize), Special Jury Award (accompanied by €2.000 cash prize) and Glocal Images Award (accompanied by of €1.000 cash prize).
Glocal Images – International Competition Section: Extraordinary new films are competing in this year’s Glocal Images, the international competitive section of the festival.
Panayiotis Fafoutis’s second feature film Paradise is set in Patra, Greece, amidst a colourful, chaotic carnival atmosphere, where four duets are staking their claim on their own private Paradise. Family relationships are at the centre of attention in this year’s competition and are depicted by the directors in a contemporary, exploring viewpoint. The Israeli film Restoration records a dysfunctional father- son relationship, and their attempt to communicate as they must save the family business. At the same time, the Finnish film The Good Son explores an Oedipus- like relationship between mother and son, balancing between psychological drama and black comedy. Young Ilmari is overprotective with his mother, and when she falls in love with writer Aimo, Ilmari becomes unexpectedly violent. The issue of dysfunctional family relationships is also developed in Belgian film My only son, where the protagonist must house his father whom he resents. To find himself confronted with "the ogre" as he calls him, in his own home, would be a trip back to the darkness of his childhood.The film Invisible (co-produced by Israel- Germany) deals with the crime of psychological and physical rape. Two women realize they have been victims of the same rapist and struggle to confront the past and integrate the long repressed trauma into their lives. The Russian period drama The Dry Valley, tells the story of Natalia, a young and naive girl who serves in the country house of the noble family of the Krushevs. The story unites the destinies of the landowners and their servants, and is considered as one of the most complete portraits of the Russian life in the late XIX century. In his debut feature film Fish n’ Chips, Cypriot director Elias Demetriou narrates the story of Andy, a hard working Cypriot immigrant in London who deep- fries his way into oblivion, and decides to leave London for his native Cyprus. But his dream turns into a nightmare, as he seems to have overlooked one small detail: Cyprus just isn’t London! German film Combat Girls, is a nightmarish depiction of Neo-Nazism from a uniquely female perspective. Romanian film Lover Boy, portrays a contemporary drama set in the decadent Romanian countryside. The protagonist, Luca, seduces girls then leaves them in the hands of his friends at the Black Sea port of Constanta, until he falls in love with one of his potential victims.
Except from the films in competition, the Festival will screen the following films and tributes:
Viewfinder – A Close-up of Contemporary International Cinema:
This non- competitive section includes nine feature films, among which the five Academy Award winning, black and white, silent film The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius.
The latest film by world renowned Greek director Yiorgos Lanthimos Alps will be screened. From promising filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen comes Shame, a study on loneliness and alienation. We Need to Talk About Kevin, a ground-breaking film by acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay, explores the nature of guilt, portraying the story of a fifteen year old boy who violently attacks his schoolmates. The following films will also be screened: Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn, Michael by Markus Schleinzer from Austria and Las Acacias, a wonderfully portrayed tale from Argentina, by Pablo Giorgelli. The Russian film Elena, by award winning director Andrei Zvyagintsev, is a contemporary drama exploring the notion of the survival of the strong at any cost. The festival will host a special screening of Celine Sciamma’s second feature film Tomboy.
Parallel screenings- Events
Exploring silent film, the festival will host Charles Chaplin’s last “silent” film, Modern Times, an episodic satire of the Machine Age, that acts as a reaction to the expanding domination of the talkies. In the film The Unholy Three, in which silent film star Lon Chaney recreates one of his famed silent roles: the scheming ventriloquist Prof. Echo. The audience will also have the chance to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail, which is considered the first “all talkie” feature film.
‘Comic Art in Motion’
Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi while Wrinkles is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience, which portrays the life and friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. In the film Gainsbourg: A heroic Life, best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar, combines reality with comic book fiction to produce an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg.
‘The return of Neorealism: The cinema of Ramin Bahrani’
The festival celebrates the cinema of Ramin Bahrani and will screen his three feature films, which constitute an already significant contribution to the history of independent cinema.
In the film Chop Shop, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister while he is forced to make the kinds of difficult decisions that most adults never have to face. Goodbye Solo, portrays the story of an improbable friendship between two men, that will change both of their lives forever. Man Push Cart is Ramin Bahrani’s first feature film, that narrates the story of a Pakistani immigrant who ekes out a living selling coffee and doughnuts to morning commuters from his push cart in Midtown Manhattan, in order to provide a better life for his estranged young son.
Memory Tribute to Michael Cacoyannis
Paying tribute to the renowned Cypriot director Michael Cacoyannis, the festival will screen two of his feature films. Iphigenia, the last of the trilogy of Greek tragedies he shot on film and Sweet Country will be screened on Sunday 22/4/2012 at Rialto Theatre.
A photographic exhibition will be open throughout the festival, inspired by the documentary entitled “Cyprus is an Island”, shot in 1946 by Ralph Keene. At the time, Michael Cacoyannis worked as an assistant in the making of the film. The exhibition is entitled ‘We made a film in Cyprus’.
All the films included in Glocal Images, Viewfinder, Comic art in motion, and the tribute to Bahrani will be Cyprus premieres. In the Viewfinder section, there will be a special screening of the film Tomboy.
A full, detailed programme of the festival is available on the festival’s website at www.cyprusfilmdays.com
For more info and for the detailed screenings programme please call 77 77 77 45 and 77 77 25 52, visit the festival website at www.cyprusfilmdays.com or find us on facebook ‘Cyprus Film Days’.
-All films will be screened in their original language, and will be subtitled both in greek and in english.
- The entrance will be free to all afternoon and late midnight screenings
- €6 day card
- €25 general entry card (for all festival screenings)
- Free entrance for students upon display of student card