EMERGING GREEKS COMPETITION
Iman – by Corinna Avraamidou & Kyriacos Tofarides
Friday, March 22nd 2024, 7:30 p.m., Hall 1, directors present, Q&A in OVAL after the screening
Repetition: Saturday, March 23rd 2024, 9:45 p.m., Hall 3, directors present, Q&A after the screening
Abdallah, an Arab Muslim civil engineer married to Irene, a Greek Cypriot woman, has to come to terms with his own responsibility in the collapse of a building in an Arab refugee settlement, which caused the death of 7 people. Having been radicalized, Iman and Leila, two young Europeans of Arab origin, are sent to Cyprus, with a secret mission. Michelle, a lonely 17-year-old girl, child of a broken family, falls for Angelos, a handsome, domineering young man. Three stories, each involving characters whose actions may mean the difference between life and death, are defined by their search for redemption from their past, their guilt, their loneliness.
Cyprus-born Corinna Avraamidou studied film and TV directing at the Goldsmiths University of London and the New York Film Academy. Since 1992, she has been working at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) directing series, live broadcasts, music shows, video clips, cultural and entertainment programs. During the last 15 years, she has specialized in writing and directing TV drama productions. She has directed mainly period dramas, winning various local awards for best TV series. However, her great passion is film and she has been working in the field as a screenwriter and director. Her 25-minute short film The Secret of the First Day (2001) won the first prize for screenplay at the 2nd Cyprus Short Film Festival. In 2008, she wrote and directed her first feature film, entitled The Last Homecoming, which won Best New Director Award at Alexandria International Film Festival, Egypt in 2008, and Best Feature Film Award at the London Greek Film Festival in 2009. It was also distributed by Vanguard Distribution USA. Iman is her second feature film.
Kyriacos Tofarides studied Theatre Direction and Acting receiving a Master’s Degree in Film and Television Directing at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Cyprus, he took part as an actor and director in a considerable number of theatrical performances, both at the Cyprus National Theatre as well as other independent theatrical groups. He has also worked as a TV director at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), directing entertainment programs and drama productions. He produced and directed several short films. He is the producer of the award-winning film The Last Homecoming. In 2013, Kyriacos produced and directed his first feature film BLOCK 12, which received numerous awards, among which Special Jury Award in Cyprus Film Days IFF and European Film Awards Selection 2013. Iman is his second feature film. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Directors Guild of Cyprus. He has also been a member of the Cyprus Film Classification Council.
Corinna Avraamidou & Kyriacos Tofarides
Prokopis Agathokleous, Stephanie Atala, Pambina Georgiou, Rita Hayek, Varnavas Kyriazis, Andromachi Peratiti, Andreas C. Tselepos, Margarita Zachariou
Cypriot Greek, Arabic with English subtitles