The partial lunar eclipse was magical on Monday night, and the meteor showers still to come will continue to have us looking up at the night sky in August but what could make these nights even more majestic? Outdoor film screenings by the sea!
For the fourth consecutive year the SeeFest screenings in Paphos provide cinematic experiences under the stars and next to the waves. This year things are a little different, as the event is part of the official events organised for the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.
There will be four films screened within the festival chosen because of their portrayal of deep human stories told with a pinch of humour and adventure.
All films will be screened at 8.30pm and are free of charge. All will have English and Greek subtitles. The first will be screened at Yeroskipou Beach while the rest will reel at SODAP Beach.
The first screening tonight will show the 2016 drama Their Finest. The film is set in London in 1940, when a former secretary Catrin (Gemma Arterton) is hired as a screenwriter of a patriotic film prepared by the Ministry of Information. As she begins to write a true story on female heroism, she soon realises that myth is always more charming than the facts. The film also stars Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin.
The second film of the festival is set for August 17 with a screening of the 2014 French comedy Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? (Serial (Bad) Wedding.)
Claude and Marie are a French Catholic bourgeois couple. They are embittered by their three daughters, as one is married to a Jew, the second to a Muslim, and the third one to a Chinese man. Their agony culminates when their fourth daughter announces that she is getting married, yet they are temporarily encouraged when they learn that her fiance is a French Catholic. Their dreams will be shattered when the young man is revealed to be an African Frenchman, of traditional parents, who are strict in their own culture.
The 2013 Swedish adventure comedy film Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared) is up next on August 23.
The film follows a man living in a nursing home who refuses to celebrate his 100th birthday and jumps out a window and begins a journey into the unknown. While he reminisces the events of his life, he finds himself holding a suitcase full of millions of Swedish kroner and the police and a criminal gang following him.
The last film of the festival is the 2016 Spanish comedy drama El Olivo (The Olive Tree). This is a road movie that portrays the differences between the European South and the powerful North through the story of Alma.
The heroine starts from Spain with a friend and her uncle to bring back the family’s 2,000-year-old olive tree from a company in Dusseldorf. The sale of the olive tree took place years ago and it was the cause for a quarrel between its owners, her father and her grandfather.
Screenings of films. August 9,17,23,30. Geroskipou Beach and SODAP Beach, Paphos. 8.30pm. Free. With English and Greek subtitles. Tel: 26-955166