CYIFF 2016 CYPress Veterans Award – 5 Feature films
The Cyprus International Film Festival presents the five feature films taking part at the festival, all directed by five experienced and talented film directors from Serbia, USA, Greece and Spain. A team of journalists in Cyprus will offer the CYPress Veterans Award to the best of them on the 25th of September in the Golden Aphrodite Awards Ceremony.
The Curse of Atreides – Dimitris Dimitroulias, Greece, 2016, 70′
A legacy full of massacres that the children of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra are called to bear on their shoulders. Based on the myth of the Atreides. Orestes arrives near the Propylaea of Mycenae, with his most loyal friend Pylades. Along with them is the educator who has undertaken the task to prepare Orestes to commit the successful murders of his mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. He hasn’t still proceeded in practice but it is scheduled. Orestes slowly realizes that the action others have assigned him to carry out – a notorious revenge – without anyone being interested for its own viewpoint and position and relation to things. Thus begins to wonder and starts to question the value of all those. Verification of myth presupposes revenge and what does this mean for the essence of his own life? The tragedy at its peak.
The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip – Srdjan Koljević, Serbia, 2014, 156′
Synopsis: This is the story about the investigation and trial following the Sarajevo assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which triggered the First World War. The courtroom drama is seen through the eyes of young attorney Rudolf Zistler, one of the attorneys appointed by the court to defend the 24 accused members of Young Bosnia and assassin Gavrilo Princip. Rudolf Zistler, the forgotten hero of this historic trial, was the only one who really defended the accused, in spite of the threats, and facing a danger of being lynched by Austrian officers. According to his own conscience, and skill, he bravely proved that the accusation for high treason was not legally valid, by proving that Bosnia was not legally part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, but just an occupied territory.
Lucky Stiff – Christopher Ashley , USA, 2014, 78′
Synopsis: Young, down-and-out shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon (Dominic Marsh) takes his recently deceased uncle’s (Don Amendolia) body to Monte Carlo for one last hoorah. If Harry completes his uncle’s post-mortem request to the “T”, he will inherit the $6 million left to him. If he doesn’t, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.
Swing Away – Michael Nickles, USA, 2016, 98′
Synopsis: Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined – against all odds – to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.
The Marionette – Antoni Caimari Caides, Spain, 2014, 84′
A beautiful young artist Barbara has died in a fire at her studio. Her death appearing to be accidental, has destroyed her sister Lorena, a talented photographer, to the extent that she has started seeing a specialist to overcome the trauma. With the help of the psychiatrist Fernando, Lorena tries to analyze her feelings and recover from the death of her sister, but her strong armor resists these efforts and affects her work so her first photography exhibition following the death of Barbara turns out to be a complete failure. At another expo Lorena’s work has been replaced with photographs of her model Elsa, also disguised as aMarionette doll, but in these ones she is dead. Who is the murderer with no apparent motive?