A film shot entirely in Cyprus is among those being screened in the Market (the so-called Marché du Film) taking place alongside the Cannes film festival.
Marianna Rosset, the star of Portrait of God, has made no secret of the Cyprus connection, having walked the red carpet in a striking dress emblazoned with the map of Cyprus. The island’s national flag also flies from the film company’s yacht, anchored opposite the Palais des Festivals.
The film itself, which is in English, is a sci-fi drama with religious overtones, casting Rosset as a strange girl who claims to be a Time traveller. She meets an artist and tells him about “chrono-diving”, a method which allows someone to plunge back in Time while under hypnosis. Her plan is for the artist to travel back 2000 years and paint a portrait of Jesus Christ himself – but things get complicated, forcing the main characters into some life-changing decisions.
Little is known about Portrait of God, which appears to be a debut both for Rosset and director Roman Doronin. However, it’s produced by the Limassol-based Altadium Group and was shot entirely on the island, reinforcing the current drive to promote Cyprus as a film destination.