The 10th International Film Festival ‘Cyprus Film Days 2012’ opens on Friday, April 20th in Limassol and in Nicosia with simultaneous screenings, and the opening of the photographic exhibition ‘We Made a Film In Cyprus’. The festival invites the friends of cinema to celebrate the opening of ‘Cyprus Film Days 2012’.
On the opening night, the festival launches a photographic exhibition inspired by the documentary film ‘Cyprus is an island’, which was shot on the island in 1945. The black and white film, which runs for 34 minutes, records Cyprus through a colonial point of view. However, it is considered one of the few cinematographic records we have for Cyprus of that period.
Three Cypriots participated in the making of the film as assistants: Michael Cacoyannis, taking his first steps in filmmaking appears perhaps for the first time in the credits of a film, Polys Constantinides and Ahmet Jemal. The exhibition will present photographs from a book/ journal written by the filmmakers, entitled ‘We Made a Film in Cyprus’. The book, courtesy of Pearson Education, UK, contains detailed descriptions of the pre- production and the filming process of the documentary.
The exhibition is curated by photographer Vassos Stylianou and producer/ director Adonis Florides.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Limassol Mr Andreas Christou, on April 20th at 7 p.m. The opening ceremony will include a presentation of the book/ journal by photographer Vassos Stylianou, who will emphasise on the content of the photographs featured in the book. The documentary film “Cyprus is an island” will be screening in a loop throughout the festival at Art Studio 55.
Νew Formed Quartet (Yiorgos Krasides, saxophone/ clarinet, Yiorgos Morfitis, piano, Yiorgos Koulas, percussion, Irineos Koulouras, contrabass) will set the rhythm for the opening of the festival in Limassol.
In Limassol, at Rialto Theatre, the festival will open with the five Academy Award winning (including Best Picture and Best Directing) black and white, silent film The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius. The film narrates a story set at a critical point of the history of cinema; that of the transition from silent cinema to the “talkies”. Inspired by this extraordinary film, the festival will present a tribute to this period, entitled “Cinema Speaks”, with film screenings throughout the ten- day programme. More details about the tribute can be found on the festival website.
In Nicosia, at Zena Palace cinema, the festival will open with the premiere of the film Fish ‘n Chips by Cypriot director Elias Demetriou. The film is in competition at this year’s Glocal Images –the festival’s competitive section-, while it has been nominated in the Best Film category at the Greek Academy Awards 2012. Prior to the screening, the audience will have the chance to enjoy Marios Nicolaou in a brief percussion session.
Both screenings begin simultaneously at 8 p.m.
After the screenings, the festival invites everyone to parties at Art Studio 55, in Limassol (next to Rialto, 19, Andrea Droussioti Str. Heroes’ Square) and at Kubrick Art Café Bar, in Nicosia (18E, Evagorou Str.)