Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the by Costas Constandinides, Yiannis Papadakis

By Costas Constandinides, Yiannis Papadakis

Cyprus, the idyllic “island of Aphrodite,” is healthier often called a domain of clash and department among Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, instead of for its movie construction. Constandinides and Papadakis paintings to rectify this dearth of data via discussing the ouevre of filmmakers attractive with the island's worrying legacies: anti-colonial struggles, post-colonial instability, interethnic clash, exterior interventions and warfare. beginning with the cinema of the Sixties, whilst the island grew to become a republic, the gathering makes a speciality of the new a long time of filmmakers exploring problems with clash, reminiscence, identification, nationalism, migration and gender, in addition to the paintings of filmmakers who selected to cooperate around the ethnic divide. Cypriot Cinemas makes use of a strategy that engages all precious views for an illuminating severe dialogue: old, theoretical and comparative (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot motion pictures relating to nearby movie cultures/practices). whereas the quantity develops a dialogue in keeping with the interpreting of the political in Cypriot movies, it additionally seems to be at different movie cultures and debates similar to (s)exploitation movies and transnational cinema.

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Recorded in color, in Greek with English subtitles, the film was released in Greece in 1975 by Fox Lorber, an international distribution company, which re-released the film internationally in 2000 with a new epilogue. It has been widely seen both in and outside Cyprus over the last 35 years. Although its presentation of events is unarguably one-sided—apart from the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktaş, Turkish Cypriots are never shown or heard in the film—Attila ’74 has been mined for original footage of the war’s aftermath by contemporary filmmakers with a more balanced eye.

Kleanthous, Alexis. 2005. O Kypriakos Kinimatografos (1962–2005) (Cypriot Cinema). Athens: Egokeros. Kleanthous-Hadjikyriakou, Soula. 1995. “Kypriakos Kinimatografos: Provlimata kai Prooptikes” (“Cypriot Cinema: Issues and Prospects”). In The History of Cinema in Cyprus, edited by Nicos Shiafkalis, 163–5. Nicosia: 7th Art Friends Club. Lopez, Ricardo. 2010. “Kypriaki Teniothiki: Mia Prospathia Akomi sta Spargana” (“Cyprus Film Archive: A Process Still in an Embryonic State”). In Politismos, Technes, MME (Culture, Arts, Media), edited by Andreas Sophocleous, 165–70.

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