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Comedy, romance and a rebellious sheep

There are still a few films left to be watched under the stars in Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos over the next few days, and here is our pick.

Starting off in Nicosia at the Constantia Open-air cinema tomorrow, the animated adventure Shaun the Sheep Movie will be screened at 9pm. The kids don’t have school on Monday, so why not treat them to a story about Shaun the sheep who doesn’t follow the flock and leads the others into all sorts of trouble after they wind up in the big city. Will the sheep get back to the green, green grass of home safely? Surely they will have their happily ever after, so the kids can go to bed happy.

Next up we travel to Larnaca on Monday, where the House of the Volunteer will screen the 2014 romantic comedy Cuban Fury. It’s a comedy that will get us wanting to join Latin dance classes, telling the tale of former teen salsa champion Bruce Garrett who is now an engineer. With love in his sights, and his new boss Julia passionate about salsa dancing, he decides to get back in the salsa game to win her over. When he seeks out his old dance teacher he is forced to confront the reasons he gave it all up in the first place, and conquer his low self-esteem. Garrett may not win the dance competition he has entered, but he will find his true self and just maybe win the girl.

It’s back to Nicosia on Wednesday for the Iranian prize-winner Taxi Tehran. The 2015 film, starring Jafar Panahi – who is also the director and writer of the piece – sees him being banned from making movies by the Iranian government (as indeed Mr. Panahi was in real life). So what does he do? He poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran. Although it is classed as a comedy, the film touches on some very real subjects and introduces the people who live through the challenges of everyday life.

If you find yourself in Paphos on Wednesday, you could make your way to the Municipal Beach Sodap where the French film Paris Je T’Aime (Paris I Love You) will be screened at 8.30pm.

The 2006 romantic comedy is the last film to be screened as part of this year’s See Feast 2016 – Cinema on the Beach series. It brings together 18 short films set in different arrondissements of Paris. The unique aspect of the film is that it has an international ensemble and was directed by 22 directors.

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Screening of the 2015 animated adventure. August 21. Constantia Open-Air Cinema, 15 Solonos Michaelides Street, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/free. With Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-349085

Cuban Fury
Screening of the 2014 comedy. August 22. The House of the Volunteer, Griva Digheni Avenue, Larnaca. 8.30pm. €5/3. With Greek subtitles. Tel: 99-434793

Taxi Tehran
Screening of the 2015 French comedy drama. August 24. Constantia Open-Air Cinema, 15 Solonos Michaelides Street, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/free. With Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-349085

See Fest 2016- Cinema on the Beach
Screening of the French film Paris, Je T’Aime. August 24. Municipal Beach Sodap, Paphos. 8.30pm. Free. French with English and Greek subtitles. Tel: 26-932017

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