Lectures, Masterclasses, and Parallel Screenings

While it is the main film screening programme that constitutes the main attraction in every Festival edition, a rich parallel programme of events builds up excitement for festival goers.

Films by the members of the Jury, special screenings, masterclasses and workshops, are only the highlights of this year’s parallel programme of events.

Continuing for yet another year, the masterclasses organised throughout Cyprus Film Days, bring the expertise of five important film professionals to audiences in Cyprus.

All the workshops and masterclasses will take place at Zena Palace Cinema and at the Director’s Guild in Nicosia, and are free of charge.  

“COLOUR MANAGED WORKFLOW” in collaboration with Colour Training and the Director’s Guild of Cyprus

with Dado Valentic (in English)

21/4 – 11:00-13:00 Director’s Guild of Cyprus

In this seminar, Dado Valentic will take the audience through Colour Managed Workflow that has become a standard for all major film productions, Netflix, Amazon and recently the biggest TV channels. As an introduction, Dado will cover fundamentals of digital cinematography and give inside knowledge that will help cinematographers improve their image quality. As a leading developer in the area of colour science for digital film cameras, Dado recently launched a unique software for Look Development and On-Set grading – Colourlab.

Lecture “Mythos - Ethos or Character and Plot” in collaboration with the Mediterranean Film Institute

with Dimitris Yiatzouzakis (in Greek)
22/4 – 15:30-17:30 Zena Palace, Nicosia

A lecture by the Mediterranean Film Institute on the characters and the plot, the importance of observation and abstraction, the scriptwriting style and the film’s concept.

Masterclass with Abel Ferrara (in English)

25/4 – 16:00-17:30, Zena Palace, Nicosia

Critically acclaimed film director Abel Ferrara, creator of such legendary films as King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Addiction (1995), and recent festival hits such as Pasolini (2014), will discuss aspects of his creative process. Following the seminar there will be a screening of the documentary Piazza Vittorio, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017.

Masterclass with Steven Bernstein

in collaboration with the University of Nicosia (in English)

26/4 – 15:30-17:30, Zena Palace, Nicosia

Renowned film director, writer and cinematographer Steven Bernstein will discuss creative aspects of his work followed by a screening of Dominion (2016), Bernstein’s second feature film as a director starring John Malkovich and Rhys Ifans. Bernstein was established as a cinematographer with films such as Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, 1992) and Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003), which received the Oscar for best Actress for the role of Charlize Theron.

When Not on Jury Duty: Films Directed by Members of the Jury

The festival will also screen films created by the members of the Jury, allowing audiences to know them through their own work.The films are:

Son of Sofia

Elina Psykou,
111’, 2017

Rialto Theatre: 22/4 – 18:00|Zena Palace: 20/4 – 18:00

Eleven-year-old Misha flies from Russia to Athens in the summer of 2004, to join his mother, Sofia, after having spent a long time apart. The film is a co-production between Greece, France, and Bulgaria.

It has received the award for Best International Narrative Feature and the Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, the C.I.C.A.E. Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and the Special Jury Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. It is also nominated for 13 Iris awards at the Greek Film Academy.

Godless

Ralitza Petrova

99’, 2016

Rialto Theatre: 25/4 – 18:00|Zena Palace: 24/4 – 18:00

A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void. Godlessis a co-production between bulgaria and Denmark.  

It has received the award for best Director at the Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival, the NewTalentGrandPIXat the CPHPIX, various awards at the GoldenRoseand the GoldenRoseBulgarianFeatureFilmFestival, including Best Film and Best Cinematography. It has also received significant awards at the Locarno, Mumbai, Reykjavik, SarajevoSevilleSofiaStockholmTetouan, and Warsaw International Festivals.

Ralitza Petrova received the Glocal Images award for Best Director at last year’s Cyprus Film Days International Festival.

Piazza Vittorio

Abel Ferrara

75’, 2017 Italy

Rialto Theatre: 27/4 – 18:00|Zena Palace: 25/4 – 18:00

Piazza Vittorio is the largest Ro- man square and home to people from different communities, but also to great direc- tors. A surreal and day comes out with interviews with illegal immigrants, clochards, artists, business owners and politicians, who narrate not just the story of a square, but the story of a country in transition.

It has received the award for best Director at the Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival, the NewTalentGrandPIXat the CPHPIX, various awards at the GoldenRoseand the GoldenRoseBulgarianFeatureFilmFestival, including Best Film and Best Cinematography. It has also received significant awards at the Locarno, Mumbai, Reykjavik, SarajevoSevilleSofiaStockholmTetouan, and Warsaw International Festivals.

Ralitza Petrova received the Glocal Images award for Best Director at last year’s Cyprus Film Days International Festival.

Special screening

Dominion

Steven Bernstein

101’,2016 USA

Rialto Theatre: 24/4 – 18:00|Zena Palace: 26/4 – 18:00

Who wrote that Dylan Thomas died of broken heart and crushed soulThis Steven Bernstein film leaves no doubt that it might have been just the opposite. This is a story of the last days of poetry’s true rock star. A must-see movie for the friends of poetry and fans of the biographies of great men.

Ralitza Petrova received the Glocal Images award for Best Director at last year’s Cyprus Film Days International Festival.