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Postby Natty » Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:49 pm

The movie blends in elements of Cyprus's turbulent history, including a Greek Cypriot uprising against British colonial rule in the 1950s, inter-communual violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and Turkey's invasion of the island in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup.

But incensing authorities, the film includes a scene where Greek Cypriot guerrillas fighting British rule execute a suspected traitor in a church. The script which the government approved had it occurring in a coffeeshop.


Hey, I just found this quote from the newspaper cuttings this forum has. It seems that the Government did not want the director to cut the film because extremist members of EOKA killed an alleged traitor, but Because it happens in a church....(although I could be wrong..)

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Postby Sotos » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:06 am

Here is the whole article

NICOSIA (Reuters) - A film about forbidden love in Cyprus has stirred passions on the ethnically partitioned island, with its showing at the Venice Film Festival this week embroiled in a row over funding.

Citing a contractual breach in a sponsorship deal, the Cypriot government has withheld funds for the 123-minute movie "Akamas" due to be screened in Venice on Saturday.

Its director says the move smacks of political censorship -- which the government denies -- because he defied calls to cut a controversial scene.

The movie, the first Cypriot entry at the festival, is the story of a Turkish Cypriot man and a Greek Cypriot woman defying family disapproval and war to stay together.

"I would describe it more as an epoch," says Greek Cypriot director and producer Panicos Chrysanthou. "They love one another through it all, and end up living on their own in a village everyone else abandons."

The movie blends in elements of Cyprus's turbulent history, including a Greek Cypriot uprising against British colonial rule in the 1950s, inter-communual violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and Turkey's invasion of the island in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup.

But incensing authorities, the film includes a scene where Greek Cypriot guerrillas fighting British rule execute a suspected traitor in a church. The script which the government approved had it occurring in a coffeeshop.

"They asked me to remove the scene and if I didn't I would not get any more money," said Chrysanthou. "They also sent me a letter saying that they don't approve of the public showing of the film, which is basically saying 'don't show it,'."

Chrysanthou says the government capitulated to complaints by former guerrilla fighters worried the film portrayed them in a bad light.

Killings of suspected collaborators by the EOKA fighters' movement did occur, but remain to this day a taboo subject among a community which regards the guerrillas as independence heroes.

Authorities do not deny they had asked for the church scene to be cut. "The director has violated the contract ... therefore the Education Ministry cannot respond to demands for additional financing," a government statement said.

The original script had the killing in a church, which the government asked to be changed to the coffeeshop and Chrysanthou agreed to that, one official source said.

Chrysanthou said he told authorities he reserved the right to keep to the original script if he saw fit.

"They are attempting to control thought. People of the arts produce ideas, and they are acting as though I am one of their subcontractors," he said.

Authorities had given 120,000 pounds ($267,260) to the project, but would not pay the remaining balance of 15,000 pounds or help promote the film, the official said.


So what is the difference between coffee shop and church and one was ok and the other was not? And the director got most of the money 120,000 anyways.
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Postby reportfromcyprus » Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:21 am

The real issue isn't about where the killing took place, it's about the government's action of preventing the film from being completed and viewed by audiences.

It might have been five pounds the guy needed to finish the production, but by denying him the remaining budget, they effectively tried to sabotage the project. They even told him they didn't approve of the public showing of the film in a letter, according to that article.
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Postby Bananiot » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:29 am

Did you also know that our democratic governemnt has forbiden the circulation and selling in the south of english language north newspapers? This has been going on for some time now. Originally they did not mind but later they changed their mind. Next, they will issue an order forbidding us to read turkish newspapers on the internet.
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Postby Natty » Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:47 pm

The thing is, they would have approved it if it had taken place in a coffee shop, instead of a church...So it must have at least a little bit to do with where the murder is committed...

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Postby Sotos » Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:35 pm

Did you also know that our democratic governemnt has forbiden the circulation and selling in the south of english language north newspapers?


Why you call the occupied areas 'north'? :?

The thing is, they would have approved it if it had taken place in a coffee shop, instead of a church...So it must have at least a little bit to do with where the murder is committed...


The usual stubborness :roll:
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Postby Bananiot » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:49 am

Sotos, our government said its okay to refer to "north" and "south" on a geographical basis. Anyway, this is not the issue in this thread. Let me give you another example of the fascist mentality of those that govern us.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Denmark Anders Russmussen, was in Cyprus. The Danish PM, replying to an address by Papadopoulos said that "it is a fact that Denmark expects full implementation of the Ankara Protocol". This was reported by RIK (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation). Russmussen further said that "he is sorry that it was not possible for a solution to the Cyprus issue to be found before the accession of Cyprus. We need to do everything possible in order to find a solution within the framework of the UN". This last statement was not reported by RIK and as we all know, RIK has always been a faithfull servant of the President.

Censorship, it seems, is practiced widely in this plantation, but this is nothing next to the corruption cases that many people know about but are too scared to bring them to the open because they involve "high standing" party and government lackies.

P.S. EOKA did kill someone that was accused of being a traitor in a church. Worse, a man was stoned to death by a savage EOKA crowd while tied onto a eukalyptus tree in Lefkonoiko. Panikos could have done worse and included that scene.
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Postby Natty » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:23 pm

Sotos wrote:
Did you also know that our democratic governemnt has forbiden the circulation and selling in the south of english language north newspapers?


Why you call the occupied areas 'north'? :?

The thing is, they would have approved it if it had taken place in a coffee shop, instead of a church...So it must have at least a little bit to do with where the murder is committed...


The usual stubborness :roll:


Hey Sotos, Just wandering why you think it's stubbornness? I guess that's just what I understood....although I could be wrong... :oops:


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Postby cypezokyli » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:55 pm

an interview from the director in question in eleftherotypia

http://www.enet.gr/online/online_text/c=113,id=59560004
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Postby Sotos » Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:16 am

Hey Sotos, Just wandering why you think it's stubbornness? I guess that's just what I understood....although I could be wrong


I was talking about the government and the director. They were both stubborn for this issue that was not very important. Coffeeshop or Church who cares? :roll:
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