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It’s a crazy old world

By Maria Gregoriou

Summer may be over, even though it is still hot outside, but that doesn’t mean the chance to watch a film in the open-air is over.

Open Air German Film Nights 2015 will present the 2002 drama film Bungalow tomorrow at 9pm.

Bungalow tells the tale of Paul, played by Lennie Burmeister, a German soldier who goes AWOL and returns to his parent’s bungalow where his older brother Max, played by Devid Striescow, lives.

Paul is immediately attracted to his brother’s girlfriend and makes a move on her but she refuses him.

As the film progresses Paul is shown to be angry and frequently loses his temper with those around him, including his brother, his old friend, and his ex-girlfriend.

Meanwhile, the military begins to look for him and in the end the military police take him back to barracks.

Romantic types get ready for the classic line ‘here’s looking at you kid’ during the screening of Casablanca during the Retro Summer Cinema Festival at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, again in Nicosia at 9pm tomorrow.

Sit down, get comfortable and get ready to go back to 1942 when Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will fall in love all over again.

The film is set in WWII in Casablanca, where Rick Blaine – Bogart – is an exiled American and former freedom fighter who runs the most popular nightspot in town.

Blaine happens to come into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo.

But together with Laszlo comes a surprise, he arrives with Ilsa, the former love of Blaine’s life. Of course Blaine does not welcome her with open arms, but gives her the cold shoulder as she ran out on him in Paris.

When he finds out that the she had very good reason to flee, they plan to run off together by using the letters of transit.

But anyone who has seen the famous last scene of the movie, will know that a trench coat, some melodramatic music and the notion that they will always have Paris is enough to let the leading man get away with playing the hero for a little longer.

Screening of the 2002 German drama. September 16. Goethe Institut, 21 Markou Drakou, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. German with English subtitles. Tel: 22-674608

Screening of the 1942 classic. September 16. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. Tel: 22-128157

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