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Paphos: film capital

By Maria Gregoriou

All eyes are on the city of Paphos with it being the European Capital of Culture 2017, and as such, the city has been putting on a number of events. Most recently the capital of culture hosted a series of events under the name The Travelling stage where a number of multicultural music based performances from all over Europe performed at a number of locations throughout the city.

After the city has given us music and dance, it is now gearing up to give us movie nights under the stars under the very fitting – and playful – title See Fest 2015 – Delicious…Cinema.

As of Thursday Geroskipou beach will be the place to be when the sun has gone down, when the heat is bearable and the shimmering reflection of the moon can be seen beyond a movie screen.

All in all, the Pafos 2017 organisers will be screening four films which all have to do with the theme of gastronomy, love and good food. So as you can guess, the beach may be even more packed at 9pm – when the films start – than during the day when tanning is king.

Starting on Thursday you can catch the 2009 comedy Soul Kitchen. The film with a lot to do with the kitchen zooms into the life of German-Greek restaurant owner Zinos who is down on his luck. The restaurant isn’t doing so well, the love of his life has moved to Shanghai, he is bed-ridden and, just to top everything off, he has to face his brother who was recently released from prison and who can’t overcome his destructive passion for gambling.

The film is directed by Fatih Akin and stars Adam Bousdoukos and Moritz Bleibtreu.

The next screening will be on Tuesday when you can soak up the great cinematography of the Greek hit film Politiki Kouzina (A Touch of Space).

The comedy drama begins with the return of Fanis to Constantinople after 30 years to see his sick grandfather. The physical trip also serves as a mental one, as Fanis remembers what his life was like as a child in the city.

During his childhood he learned the secrets of cooking from his grandfather and experienced his first love with Saime.

Today he is an excellent cook who uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him.

The 2003 film is directed and written by Tassos Boulmetis and stars Georges Corraface and Renia Louizidou.

Moving on to August 19, things get a little bit more up to date with the 2014 American comedy drama Chef.

The film tells the tale of a chef of a high-class restaurant who falls out with a food critic and his boss, who fires him. Urged on by his ex-wife, he returns to Miami and starts his own business which is a mobile canteen that serves gourmet food.

The film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Jon Favreau and Scarlet Johansson.

The last film of the delicious festival is 2014 comedy drama The Hundred-Foot Journey. Now if you are a Helen Mirren fan you must have seen this already, but if you are a true fan, you will be thrilled to see it again.

The film is based on an immigrant family who sets up an Indian restaurant in the south of France, across from a Michelin-starred French fine-dining establishment. A culinary battle ensues between the two competitors and, let’s just say, they both win in the end.

The film is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Helen Mirren (as you may have guessed), Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.

See Fest 2015 – Delicious… Cinema
Screening of a number of films to do with theme of gastronomy, love and good food. August 6-26. Geroskipou Beach, Paphos. 9pm. Free. Tel: 26-932017

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