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Summer loving films

Near or far, there are some great films to be watched by everyone, everywhere out in the open air, in the coming week – and these are only a few.

Starting off on Monday, the 2013 documentary Emptying the Skies is to be screened at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Nicosia. The documentary, based on the New Yorker article by Jonathan Franzen, talks about illegal trapping and the killing of migratory birds in southern Europe.

The documentary, which also takes a look at the trapping activities in Cyprus, illustrates how 30 million songbirds a year are illegally trapped and killed in the Mediterranean and are destined for the cooking pot.

Franzen and the film crew followed the operations of Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) activists, who have been taking direct action against illegal bird trapping for more than two years. The activists travel in spring and autumn each year to areas in southern Europe where poachers are known to set-up trapping equipment.

Also the bank’s cultural centre will show the 2004 romantic drama Nifes (Brides) on Wednesday.

Set in 1922, Nifes is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS King Alexander, who falls in love with an American photographer. While she is bound for her new husband in New York, he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Also in Nicosia, but at the Constantia Open-Air cinema, the 2015 biographical comedy drama, The Lady in the Van, will be screened on Friday.

With Maggie Smith in the leading-role, the film directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by Alan Bennett, tells the story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a worn-out van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years. The film is not only interesting because he tells Shepherd’s story before she became the lady in the van, but also because it shows Bennett as two people. One is his real self and the other represents his thought-process.

Moving onto the Protaras Summer Film Festival – that really does give us the chance to watch a film in true summer spirit – will take us back to the dance moves of the 70s with Saturday Night Fever on Monday. Just before entering the great world of Greece, John Travolta put on his flairs and hit the disco floor as Tony Manero, a Brooklyn teenager who find dancing is the only way out of his dreary life.

Bringing things up to date on Thursday will be Me Before You – a movie that all hopeless romantics have recently sworn by. The romantic drama, hence the romantic fan base, focuses on Lou, a girl in a small town, who has to work to help her family. Finding herself out of a job, she lands a job seems to be an easy way to make money – being a companion to a recently-paralysed man. For those romantics of you still out there who haven’t seen it – the rest of you will most probably go for seconds – we won’t spoil the plot, but you can probably guess.

And just to make sure there is also something for the younger generation, the festival will screen Kung Fun Panda 3 on Friday. There is never a dull day for Po, who now has to face a supernatural threat and one closer to home, on his legendary adventure to awesomeness.

Emptying the Skies
Filming of the documentary. August 1. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 8pm. Tel: 22-128157

Saturday Night Fever
Screening of the music drama as part of the fourth Protaras Summer Film Festival. August 1. 9pm. Protaras Central Square. Tel: 99-895252

Screening of the Greek film as part of the Faneromeni 16 festival. August 3. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Tel: 22-128157

Me Before You
Screening of the romantic drama as part of the fourth Protaras Summer Film Festival. August 4. 9pm. Protaras Central Square. Tel: 99-895252

The Lady in the Van
Screening of the 2015 biographical comedy drama. August 5. Constantia Open-Air Cinema, 15 Solonos Michaelides Street, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/free. With Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-349085

Kung Fu Panda 3
Screening of the cartoon as part of the fourth Protaras Summer Film Festival. August 5. 8pm. Dubbed in Greek. Protaras Central Square. Tel: 99-895252

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