German Film Days 2012
Goethe-Institut Cyprus and Friends of Cinema Society
jointly present the
DAYS OF GERMAN CINEMA 2012
from 3rd until 24th February 2012
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.
subtitles) by eminent Syrian filmmaker
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!
Goethe-Institut Cyprus and Friends of Cinema Society jointly present the
The opening will be on 3
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
is indirectly dealt with in
director Fatih Akin wrote the script, to Veit Helmers wonderful romantic comedy
about a young couple
drama about young handicapped in society
February) , as well as the box office hit
about Germany’ most famous writer. Finally,
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).
presented films will be available in Greek, German and English.
„Renn wenn Du kannst“
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.
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
include a trilogy of documentaries concerning the Tabqa Dam on the
The first, Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam
development project, but the second and third take a more critical approach.
Everyday Life in a Syrian Village
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
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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