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Time and Space in Contemporary Greek-Cypriot Cinema


Lisa Socrates

Why does the 1974 war in Cyprus remain so dominant in Greek-Cypriot cinema? How has this event shaped the imagination of contemporary filmmakers, and how might one define the new national cinema that has emerged as a result? This book explores such questions by analysing a range of Greek-Cypriot films that have hitherto received little or no critical discussion.
The book adopts a predominantly conceptual approach, situating contemporary Greek-Cypriot cinema within a specific cultural and national context. Drawing on the work of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and particularly his theories of time and space, the author explores ways in which Greek-Cypriot directors invent new forms of imagery as a way of dealing with the crisis of history, the burden of memory and the dislocation of the island’s abandoned spaces.
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Figure 3.1 A member of EOKA in disguise before identifying a ‘traitor’ in church. Akamas, Panicos Chrysanthou, Cyprus, 2006.

Figure 3.2 Greek-Cypriots go in search of Rhodou and Omeris, who have married and eloped to his village. Akamas, Panicos Chrysanthou, Cyprus, 2006.

Figure 4.1 ‘Stamp wallpaper’ depicting war refugees. Lia Lapithi Shukuroglou , 2008.

Figure 4.2 ‘Panorama of Pentadaktylos’, the mountain range, photo printed on plexiglass, 150 × 2000 cm. Lia Lapithi Shukuroglou, , Cyprus, 2010.

Figure 4.3 ‘Monuments of Glory and Mourning’, photo series of landmarks and monuments in Nicosia. Lia Lapithi Shukuroglou , 2008.

Figure 4.4 A schoolboy writing lines in an after school detention. Grade IV: I Do not Forget, Lia Lapithi Shukuroglou, , Cyprus, 2007.

Figure 5.1 Close-up of the clock in the abandoned airport. Time has stood still since 1974. Airport for Sale, Simon Farmakas, Cyprus, 2007.

Figure 5.2 A Greek-Cypriot soldier is captured by an enemy soldier. Absent, Simon Farmakas, Cyprus, 2009.

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