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Activities - 13/10/2011

 

27 Times Cinema - The Portraits - Christina Ananiou - Pantheon Art Cinema - Nicosia - Cyrpus

 

Could you introduce yourself and tell us who you are and what you do?
I am 24 years old, and I come from Cyprus, the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean.  I have just graduated from the University of Nicosia with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing.

How long have you been going to the cinema?
A lot of my spare time is spent watching movies at home or at the cinema with friends. I can clearly recall that first time I had been to the cinema, it was with my mum and we watched Evita (1996), a musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, an Argentinean actress who got married to the Argentinean president Juan Perón, and who became the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. At the time I remember how extraordinary it felt to witness people communicating melodically.   

Why do you like cinema?
The cinema’s dynamic character, with the big screen and the clear and loud conversations and music has always fascinated me. It feels as if I transit to a different dimension and by the end of a film I get more inspired and motivated.

Tell us what type of cinema or which kind of films you prefer?
Most of the films I enjoy watching deliver a message to the general public on issues that involve the society at large and thus, unite us. Dramas are my favorite genre, but I always enjoy a good documentary or comedy as well.

What are your 3 favorite films?
Some of my favorite films are: Beyond Borders, The Painted Veil, Frida and Great Expectations.
My latest inspiration from the cinema world was the 6th Lemesos International Documentary Festival that took place in my hometown (Lemesos) in the beginning of August. There, a number of awarded documentaries, mainly of European origin, were screened. I thoroughly enjoyed Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker. The documentary unfolds Vik Munniz’s artistic journey in Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump where he photographs pickers of recyclable materials who then participate in recreating photographic images of themselves out of garbage. What fascinated me about this documentary was the concept of the possibility to create something beautiful and artistic, such as photographic images, out of something dirty and ugly, such as garbage found in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

What do you think of European cinema?  What does European cinema represent for you?
From my experiences, it seems the European Cinema is more realistically linked to peoples’ lives in terms of the way it’s presented. It is anti-glamorized and therefore can be associated to people with greater sincerity. I also believe the European Cinema requires extreme overall talent to be successful, in the absence of extreme technology (compared for example with the American film industry). For example, Dogme 95 filmmaking goes back to basics in terms of its acting and theme and is made successful if there is real talent in it.

Do you feel European? Do you travel often in Europe?
I am a big fan of Europe and have travelled to a number of European destinations until today. I feel I am integrating into this European family more and more each day that goes by and I believe this is the case for my fellow Cypriots too. Even if Cyprus is a small and fairly new member state, it is gradually acquiring a sense of an additional identity, the European.
Meetings of this kind (Venice Days Film Festival) are a great opportunity for all Europeans to get to know each other a little bit better and exchange ideas. I am admittedly excited to meet everyone there!

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