MOVIE REVIEWS

Blockbusters, independents, interviews and everything in between, Culturescope features the latest films playing in theatres and available on streaming services.

MAN OF GOD

Yelena Popovic is the talented writer, producer and director of Man of God, the film about Saint Nektarios life. In an exclusive interview with Culturescope, Yelena speaks of the value of Orthodoxy and of God’s presence in her life, and in the life of the film’s collaborators.

QUEENS OF AMATHUS

Queens of Amathus is a heartwarming documentary that explores the lives of women who migrated from Cyprus to Birmingham, following the 1974 Turkish invasion. As have many other migrant communities, the Greek Cypriots have built their lives in foreign lands against all odds. (Featured on BBC News / Runner-up for Best Documentary at Birmingham Film Festival in 2019)

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

Netflix's Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is here to serve up the extra dose of Christmas cheer so many of us are desperate for. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. Jingle Jangle is steeped in tradition but made new again with sweet surprises that can be treasured for years to come.

S.O.S. SURVIVE OR SACRIFICE

Cyprus’ rebooted film industry makes it screen debut as S.O.S. Survive or Sacrifice, produced and filmed exclusively on the island, has its first screening. The film, the first of two productions with a Hollywood influence filmed entirely in Cyprus, was proudly presented to the public by its producers Altadium Group at a restricted red-carpet event at the K-Cineplex in Nicosia in October. Cyprus-based film production company Altadium Group’s latest venture stars William Baldwin sprinkling Hollywood stardust with lead actress and co-producer of the film Marianna Rosset and Jeannine Kaspar.

REBECCA

In 1939, Alfred Hitchcock came to Hollywood. The English master of suspense would ply his trade in sunny California, and Rebecca, his first American film, would win him his first and only Oscar. Like other classics, Rebecca has been reinvented, this time by Director Ben Wheatley, whose adaptation promises to be a gripping and timeless tribute to Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel.

JIU JITSU

Shot entirely on location in Cyprus, the film centres on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Starring Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi from the Kickboxer franchise, the film blends different tones and modes of science fiction, martial arts, cyberpunk and fantasy action, into one cinema gold action adventure. Directed by Dimitri Logothetis, Jiu Jitsu is based on the comic book of the same name, which Logothetis penned together with Jim McGrath. Jiu Jitsu is the first international film production to utilise the new Cyprus Film Scheme launched by Invest Cyprus. Committed to boosting this highly promising sector, the Cyprus government introduced a package of incentives encouraging international producers to choose Cyprus as their next film destination. 

THE CROWN (SEASON 4)

The fourth season of The Crown, which follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to be released on Netflix on November 15, 2020.

74 

An emotional journey that explores the tragic human cost is currently in development. Set against the backdrop of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, 74 is an inspiring story of perseverance that highlights the unrecognised courage and sacrifices of the women of Cyprus.

MADE IN ITALY

Made in Italy is a heart-warming father-son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert (Liam Neeson), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Micheál Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair...

ENNIO MORRICONE TRIBUTE

We pay tribute to legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema.

DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD

David Foster: Off the Record is a tribute to the multi-Grammy winning songwriter and producer, as curated by the man himself, David Foster.

ANNE FRANK: PARALLEL STORIES

Through her diary, Anne Frank's story is retold alongside those of five Holocaust survivors in this poignant documentary from Oscar winner Helen Mirren.

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