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Human stories on screen

This week the big screen is fit for drama and comedy in Nicosia and Paphos.

Tonight K Cineplex in Strovolos, Nicosia, will screen the documentary Human by acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and storyteller Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Bertrand, who saw huge success with his film Home, shot Human in 60 countries over the course of three years. He travelled with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen collecting real-life stories from 2,020 women and men in 63 languages.

From freedom fighters in Ukraine to farmers in Mali to death row inmates in the United States, the documentary offers a significantly emotional and fresh look at our human condition in global and contemporary society, questioning the challenges our civilization faces. It shows what it means to be human, bringing the audience face to face with others, making them reflect on their own lives.

Bertrand took this close look at humanity because he has been photographing our planet and its human diversity for 40 years. During this time he has the feeling that humanity is not making any progress. He also wondered why we cannot live together. Instead of analyzing the question and seeking an answer, he chose to “look at man himself,” as he puts it.

The photographer and filmmaker will also be at the screening, answering questions it inspires in the audience.

Human was chosen by the United Nations to premier on September 12, 2015 in honour of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Staying at K Cineplex Nicosia and also in Paphos, a bit of comedy will be shown on Saturday with The Importance of Being Earnest as performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.

The show, which brings to life Oscar Wilde’s comedy, was performed in October 2015 to triumphant, four-star reviews from The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail, The Independent and The Stage.

A More2Screen production directed by the multi-award winning Adrian Noble (Amadeus, The Kings Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and starring one of Britain’s best-known actors David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, it promises lots of laughter.

For those who do not know the story and do not mind spoilers, the play revolves around two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the reliable John Worthing, who are trying to grab the attention of Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The protagonists maintain fictitious personas to make their lives easier and escape social obligations. Once they are revealed they will have to confront not only the consequences of their deceptions but also the formidable Lady Bracknell.

The triviality with which the play treats institutions as serious as marriage along with the witty dialogue and puns, makes it one of the most enduring and funny plays in British Theatres.

As always with these screened productions, there will be welcome drinks and nibbles waiting for you before the screening.

Screening of the film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. K Cineplex, Strovlos, Nicosia. April 20. 5.45pm. Free. With English subtitles. Tel: 77-778383

The Importance of Being Earnest
Screening of the play as performed at the London Vaudeville Theatre, April 23. K Cineplex Strovolos, Nicosia and Paphos. 9pm. €10/8. Tel: 77-778383

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