Making a feature film is an act of faith. It requires extreme effort, dedication and it can take years to complete. The films presented here are passion projects made by Cypriot filmmakers who put their faith in their ideas and believed in the story they wanted to tell.
Tabutta Rövaşata (Somersault in a Coffin)
1996, Romance / Drama, 1hr 15 min
The true but allegorical story of a car thief who steals to keep himself warm during cold winter nights. Mahsun Supertitiz is homeless and unemployed.
He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun loves cars, he steals at nights and in the mornings he drives them back clean and well kept.
He lives to emphasize the strange togetherness of possibilities and impossibilities.
- Director: Derviş Zaim
- Producer: Ezel Akay, Derviş Zaim
Paralel Yolculuklar (Parallel Trips)
2002, Documentary, 1hr 55 min
Parallel Trips, holds the objective to show the human drama of the island of Cyprus from the perspectives of Turkish Cypriot and Cypriot Greek directors.
While Greek Cypriot director Panicos Chrysanthou turns his camera to the experiences of the Greek Cypriot population in Cyprus during the war of 1974, Turkish Cypriot director Derviş Zaim strives to reveal similar experiences of the Turkish Cypriot.
- Director: Derviş Zaim, Panicos Chrysanthou
O Teleftaios Gyrismos
2002, Romance / Drama, 1hr 25 min
A small community in Cyprus goes about life in the summer of 1974 before a war breaks out.
- Director: Korina Avraamidou
- Producer: Kyriakos Tofaridis
2003, Drama, 1hr 37 min
The central character, Ali (Mustafa Ugurlu) is a conscript in the Turkish army doomed to spend his time protecting the northern part of Cyprus. Unable to speak, he finds some solace in the mud underneath the surface of a lonely salt-flat, which apparently possesses restorative powers. While digging underground, he unearths an ancient artifact which is picked up by his friend Halil (Bulent Yarar) and sold on to a gang of thugs. Unfortunately the artifact is incomplete; the thugs ask Ali and Halil to find the missing parts, and when they fail in their task, they are gunned down in cold blood.
This is the film’s basic scenario; within that structure director Dervis Zaim offers a profound meditation on the ways in which the past influences the present. Despite the best efforts of Temel (Taner Birsel) to support efforts at reconciliation between the two communities, Zaim suggests it is more important to acknowledge past sins. Only by doing so can we understand how to move forward in the present.
- Director: Derviş Zaim
- Producer: Marco Muller, Derviş Zaim
2008, Thriller, Drama, Crime, 1hr 25 min
Set in the Salt Lake (Tuz Gölü) near Konya, NOKTA (Dot) is superficially a movie about a heist gone wrong. Ahmet (Numan Acar), just released from jail, becomes involved with Selim (Cem Aksakal) in a plot to sell a sixteenth century Koran for one million Euros.
- Director: Derviş Zaim
- Producer: Derviş Zaim, Baran Seyhan
Gölgeler ve Suretler (Shadow and Faces)
2011, Drama, 1hr 56 min
Set in the year 1963, the film revolves around two families, one Greek Cypriot and the other Turkish Cypriot, who live in a remote village in Cyprus. An attack by Greek Cypriot policemen forces Salih, a Karagoz shadow play master, and his daughter Ruhsar to flee their home and take refuge in a village where their relative Veli lives.
- Director: Derviş Zaim
- Producer: Derviş Zaim, Oktay Odabasi
Ölü Bölgeden Fısıltılar (Whispers of Dead Zone)
2012, Drama, 1hr 26 min
Mete, a successful young director who makes TV series, settles down in Istanbul; yet he doesn’t feel like he belongs there. He comes back to Cyprus, the lands he was born in, to make a documentary film.
Mete feels the island’s division very deep inside while he is visiting the cemetery of his ex-girlfriend; his mother and his old friends. He comes closer to a beautiful woman, Rüyam who he meets after his return while they are taking photos by walking around the Peninsula. After this encounter, he will have to choose one option between completely being far from the island; and going beyond the problems of his belonging and the feelings of his disintegration.
- Director: Fırat Çağrı Beyaz
- Producer: Recep Süleyman Önüt, Metin Gönen
2011, Drama, 1hr 44 min
Leyla and her boyfriend Yilmaz have been in the porn film industry for 25 years in Germany. A while ago, they move to Istanbul and Yilmaz left her for another woman. Although they are separated, Yilmaz comes up with a last minute request: one last movie where Leyla meets the 20 years old handsome but quite traumatic character Izzet. The age difference between Leyla and Izzet, unsolved problems of Izzet’s chubby mother and sister, Yilmaz’s passion to his work and its results crash into each other in an unexpected way.
- Director: Mustafa Nuri
- Producer: Hazer Baycan, Tamer Uner
Kod Adı: Venüs (Code Name Venus)
2012, Action, Romance, 1hr 30 min
Venus came to find the truth about her parents disappearance on her childhood home of Cyprus years ago. What begins as a personal journey starts a secret odyssey that will lead her closer and closer to unearthing Cyprus’s tragic and hidden history. But in a land so deeply divided, how far will Venus go for a country that is not her own?
- Director: Tamer Garip
- Producer: Tamer Garip
2012, Mystery, Drama 1hr 43 min
A story of a key-cutter, who has second sight with the touch of his fingers on any key he receives to copy. When his young nephew Selim has one made, he is deeply troubled and warns not only Selim but shares his thoughts with the family. The film, freshly out of Cemal Yildirim’s camera, the director, is based on the book ‘Autumn’ written by Ferhat Atik after a true story, a crime, that happened in Cyprus in the 70s.
- Director: Cemal Yildirim
- Producer: Ferhat Atik
2015, Drama, 1hr 44 min
A relative tries to help a couple with their financial problems and the needs of their children. After his sudden death, they decide to keep it a secret for as long as possible so they can continue collecting his pension.
- Director: Marinos Kartikkis
- Producer: Marinos Kartikkis
2015, Documentary, 1hr 15 min
In 1970, the people of Karmi participate in the shooting of the film “Beloved.”
- Director: Constantinos Patsalides
- Producer: George Avraam
Impressions of a Drowned Man
2015, Drama, 1hr 22min
A man with no memory of his past tries to piece together his life through fragments of memories and a notebook filled with poems.
- Director: Kyros Papavassiliou
- Producers: Kyros Papavassiliou, Yannis Chalkiadakis, Monica Micolaidou
The Magic Beans
2015, Comedy, 1hr 41min
When actors snack on some beans while waiting for their workshop leader to arrive, they begin having strange and unexpected hallucinations.
- Director: Theo Panayides
- Producer: Theo Panayides
To Agóri sti Gefyra
2016, Drama / Coming of Age, 1hr 30min
Twelve-year old Socrates (superb newcomer Costantinos Farmakas) spends the hot summer days hurtling through the street of his sleepy mountain village on his bicycle, setting off home-made firecrackers and tormenting the local residents. His carefree life comes to an abrupt end when he finds out that the family of his cousin and best friend are being physically abused by their violent father Hambo.
What starts as a naive attempt to teach Hambo a lesson leads Socrates to the heart of a homicide and the exposure of a dark family secret.
- Director: Petros Charalambous
- Producers: Janine Teerling, Marios Piperides
2017, Drama/ Comedy, 1hr 52min
A burned out soap opera writer turns his gaze upon his dysfunctional neighbors, but gets more than the inspiration he bargained for.
- Director: Adonis Floridis
- Producer: Marios Piperides
2017, Documentary, 1hr 15min
Fetine is a Muslim woman from Cyprus who was forced to marry a Palestinian at the age of 14, in 1936 and leave her home to Palestine, never to be seen again.
Fetine shared the same fate a large number of young women in Cyprus had during the British Colonial Period at a time where many families were living in extreme poverty (between the 1920’s-1950′). Many of these young women were never seen again by their families and never returned to Cyprus. After several decades this issue has only recently been brought to light raising many questions namely why so many were never sought after and if indeed the marriage was a sale?
Pembe Mentesh, an Australian-born Cypriot, upon moving to Cyprus, decides to break the decades long silence regarding Fetine’s marriage and begins an investigation to locate her.
- Director: Yeliz Shukri
- Producers: Stavros Papageorghiou
2018, Drama / Narrative, 1hr 36min
A middle-aged housewife who is trapped in the misery of an oppressive marriage finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur.
- Director: Tonia Mishiali
- Producers: Tonia Mishiali, Stelana Kliris, Andros Achilleos
2018, Drama/ Comedy, 1hr 25min
In an unspecified Mediterranean island, a boy comes across two peculiar men in striped costumes. Soon, the boy realizes that life also has two faces. It can be both an ugly war and a beautiful girl called Clementine.
- Director: Longinos Panagi
- Producer: Konstantinos Othonos
2019, Drama / Narrative, 1hr 38min
Though caught between the mob and border patrol, washed-up musician Yiannis must put his plans to leave Cyprus on hold when his beloved dog escapes across the wall and goes to the northern part of the island.
- Director: Marios Piperides
- Producers: Marios Piperides, Janine Teerling, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Costas Labropoulos,
2019, Documentary, 1hr 03min
Leila and Maria. Two women as symbols of Cyprus. Turkish Cypriot Leila’s husband is missing; Greek Cypriot Maria is a refugee. Their love eliminates the hatred of war. Their common tears nourish hope on both sides of the barbed wire. Their story lies in the heart of this documentary inspired by Leila’s book The White Wet Handkerchief We Shared.
- Director: Chrystalla Avgousti
- Producer: Chrystalla Avgousti