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Movie magic under the stars

By Maria Gregoriou

It’s summer and that means lots and lots of open air cinema.

So what does the island have to offer this week? Starting off in the capital and the Constantia Open-air cinema, which will be screening the 2013 animated film O Menino e O Mundo (The Boy and the World) tomorrow, the 2014 French drama Mommy on Thursday and the 2010 French comedy Potiche on Friday.

O Menino O Mundo is a Brazilian animation that uses imagery and music to bring to the screen a boy’s quest to find his father. The boy is Cuca who lives in a distant world and one day his father leaves in search of work. Weeks pass and his father doesn’t return so Cuca decides to search for him. On his quest to find his father the boy learns about the dangers of the world, the mind and the soul.

Thursday’s film leaves behind the adventures of a little boy and plunges straight into a mother/ son relationship. The mother is a widower who is left with the task of raising her violent son alone, something that very much overwhelms her. But then, just when she needs it, the single mother receives assistance from her neighbour. Things are made right and things balance themselves out with the sense of hope.

Friday also has a French film in store for us but this time it is the comedy Potiche (Trophy Housewife).

The film starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, is set in 1977 and is an adaptation of the 1970s comic play.

The trophy housewife is Suzanna Pujol who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike and he is taken hostage. With a few comical moments along the way, Suzanna proves that she can handle pressure, she can take action and she can prove that a woman’s place is not necessary in the home.

Now, remaining in Nicosia but moving to the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in the old part of town, the 2000 Woody Allen comedy Small Time Crooks will be screened on Wednesday.

Dishwasher and small-fry criminal Ray hits on a plan with his partners in crime to re-open a local pizza place and dig through to the bank down the street. The thing is his wife can’t cook pizza but her cookies are top notch so that is what they sell.

So the cookies sell really well but the other operation they started doesn’t go according to plan.

Moving to Protaras, it’s the start of the third Protaras Summer Film Festival on Thursday with the 2015 film Furious Seven.

The action movie starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker doesn’t really need much introduction as it has taken on a life of its own with its fast car chases.

Last on the list is Paphos where Technopolis 20 will screen a series of movies every Thursday until the end of August starting on Thursday with the screening of two Cypriot films, Dreams of Memory and Omikron Plus.

Dreams of Memory, directed by Costas Chrysanthou, tells the story of Loukas Orfanides, a young man from Cyprus who migrated to London in 1935. In 1937 he went to Spain and joined in the fight against Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

Omikron Plus is a 2013 film directed by Michael Georgiades and set in Cyprus in 1974.

Ten days after the Turkish invasion in a refugee camp, a 10-year-old girl needs blood urgently. Will she survive?

O Menino O Mundo (The Boy and the World)
Screening of the 2013 animated film. July 22. Constantia Open-air Cinema, 15 Solonos Michaelides Street, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/free. Tel: 220349085

Mommy
Screening of the 2014 French drama. July 23. Constantia Open-air Cinema

Potiche
Screening of the 2010 French Comedy. July 24. Constantia Open-air Cinema

Small Time Crooks
Screening of the film. July 22. 9pm. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre, Nicosia. Free. Tel: 22-128157

Furious 7
Screening of the 2015 action movie. July 23. Protaras Municipal Square, Protaras. 9pm. Free. Tel: 23-816300

Dreams of Memory and Omikron Plus
Screening of the two Cypriot films. July 23. Technolopolis 20, Paphos. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 70-002420

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