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Feb 3 - 24 - German Film Days in Nicosia South

German Film Days 2012

Goethe-Institut Cyprus and Friends of Cinema Society

jointly present the


from 3rd until 24th February 2012

at Cine-Studio at University of Nicosia

On Friday, 3rd February at 8.30 pm we will start our “2012 German Film Days” with

a cocktail reception for film enthusiasts at Cine-Studio at University of Nicosia.

Seven new films from Germany will be presented in cooperation with the Friends

of Cinema Society.

For the detailed programme please see the following pages.

On Monday, 6th February 2012 at 8 pm we will present in the Goethe-Institut’s hall

the Syrian documentary film “Flood in Baath Country” (2004; Arabic with English

subtitles) by eminent Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay, who unfortunately passed

away exactly one year ago. This film show is not only meant to be a homage to

this great Syrian film director, but also in solidarity with the brave struggle of the

Syrian people against a brutal dictatorship country and for regaining freedom and

dignity in Syria.

I will give a short introduction into Amiralays work and the situation in Syria, as I

had worked there as the director of the Goethe-Institut in Damascus for almost 11

years until May 2011.

I wish you interesting filmexperiences!

Yours sincerely

Björn Luley


Goethe-Institut Cyprus

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Goethe-Institut Cyprus and Friends of Cinema Society jointly present the


at Cine-Studio at University of Nicosia from 3rd until 24th February 2012.

The opening will be on 3rd February 2012 at 8.30 pm in the cafeteria of the Cine


Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Friends of Cinema Society again present to film

lovers in Nicosia a selection of recent German films, who try to give an insight

into what kind of films are presently produced as well what is being shown in

German cinemas. The topics have a wide range. From the BERLINALE 2011 success

entry “Almanya” (5th and 12th February) about foreigners integration, which also

is indirectly dealt with in “Kebab Connection” (16th February) for which famous

director Fatih Akin wrote the script, to Veit Helmers wonderful romantic comedy

“Absurdistan” (9th and 19th February) and star director Tom Tykwer’s thriller

about a young couple “Drei” (Three) (3rd and 7th February) , the funny-serious

drama about young handicapped in society “Renn wenn du kannst” (10th and 14th

February) , as well as the box office hit “Goethe” ( 21st, 23rd and 24th February)

about Germany’ most famous writer. Finally, “Whisky with Wodka” (17th and

20th February) is a comedy about an aging filmstar. The festival provides a full

panorama of Germany and her current film scene.

Film shows will start on the given dates at 9.00 pm (Monday to Saturday) and

8.00 pm (Sunday). Tickets at the door. A catalogue with the synopsises of the

presented films will be available in Greek, German and English.

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„Renn wenn Du kannst“


On Monday, 6th February 2012 at 8 pm the Goethe-Institut Cyprus presents in its

hall the Syrian documentary film: “Flood in Baath Country” (2004, Arabic with

english subtitles) ) by eminent Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay, who died exactly

one year ago in Damascus. With this film presentation one of the most important

arab documentary filmmakers shall be honoured on his first death anniversary.

It’s also meant as a reminder, that in the very close vicinity of Cyprus the Syrian

people is fighting for its dignity and freedom from a brutal dictatorship, which has

cost already more than 6000 lives since the revolution begun in March 2011.

Omar Amiralay (Arabic: 1944 ) ( يالاريمأ رمع — 5 February 2011) was a Syrian

documentary film director and prominent civil society activist. He is noted for the

strong political criticism in his films and played a prominent role in the events of

the Damascus Spring of 2000.

Amiralay studied in Paris at La Fémis, before returning to Syria in 1970. His films

include a trilogy of documentaries concerning the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates.

The first, Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam (1970), is a tribute to Syria‘s greatest

development project, but the second and third take a more critical approach.

Everyday Life in a Syrian Village (1974) shows the dam‘s ambiguous impact on the

lives of ordinary people in a nearby village, and portrays their relationship with

the authorities, seen as distant and disconnected from them. Amiralay revisited the

region in 2003 with A Flood in Baath Country, which contains trenchant political

criticism (it had the working title Fifteen reasons why I hate the Baath Party).

Due to the films strong indictment of the regime, the film was removed from the

Carthage Film Festival. In act of solidarity with Amiralay, Arab filmmakers Yousry

Nasrallah, Annemarie Jacir, Nizar Hassan, Joana and Khalil Joreige, and Danielle

Arbid subsequently pulled their films out of Competition to protest the festival‘s

actions. As a result, A Flood in Baath Country was re-programmed and screened to

enthusiastic crowds.

With a short introduction in english by Goethe-Institut Cyprus director Björn

Luley, who worked in Syria for almost 11 years until May 2011.

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