BERLIN — Cyprus is enjoying a taste of Germany this week with the launch of the German Film Festival in the country’s divided capital of Nicosia.
Sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the German Embassy, the week-long event includes screenings of Eran Riklis’ “The Syrian Bride,” a French-German-Israeli co-production; Sven Taddicken’s bittersweet romantic comedy “Emma’s Bliss”; Dito Tsintsadze’s “The Man from the Embassy”; Til Schweiger’s comedy “Barefoot”; and Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hager’s Israeli drama “Close to Home” (“Karov la Bayit”).
In addition, a workshop hosted by German regional film org Filmstiftung NRW on Wednesday provided local producers with a detailed explanation of Germany’s film subsidy program and co-production possibilities.
Filmstiftung NRW topper Michael Schmid-Ospach called the event a “major success,” adding, “Diverse organizations have come together in order to transcend European borders and to see how we each make films. It’s a step toward our goal of advancing European film.”
The German Film Festival, taking place at the Cine Studio in Nicosia’s Intercollege, runs through Oct. 19.