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When cinema talks volumes

There is a lot happening when it comes to outdoor and alternative cinema at the moment. While Nicosia will be giving us a real look at life tonight with the screening of the documentary When Elephants Fight, Limassol will also be dipping into real issues when it takes its cinema action outside with a screening of Feriado (Holiday).

The Home for Cooperation in Nicosia will screen the 2015 documentary When Elephants Fight at 8pm. Directed and written by Michael Ramsdell, the film concentrates on the Democratic Republic of Congo, a nation that has been called a geological scandal due to its mineral-rich soil. Unfortunately, those minerals, necessary to sustain today’s technology, are funding the deadliest war since WWII.

After the screening of the documentary there will also be a discussion.

The Rialto theatre will screen the 2014 drama Feriado at 9pm. The film, directed by Diego Araujo and starring Juan Arregui, is set in turbulent Ecuador and centres on 16-year-old Juan Pablo, who travels to his family’s remote estate in the Andes. This is where his uncle, who was involved in a corruption scandal, has taken refuge with his wife and teenage children.

The backdrop to this story is the carnival holiday of 1999, days before the collapse of Ecuador’s banking system. Juan meets Juano, an enigmatic, self-assured black-metal fan from the nearby Pueblo, who opens his eyes to a new, liberating universe. As his country and family head for the abyss, the boys’ friendship develops into a fragile romance, and Juan is forced to define himself against his chaotic surroundings.

When Elephants Fight
Screening of the documentary, and discussion. July 19. Home for Cooperation, Nicosia. 8pm. Tel: 22-445740

Screening of the Spanish drama. July 19. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 9pm. €5. With English and Greek subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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