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Phileleftheros - Cyprus | 31/08/2006

The Mostra keeps the Cypriot film 'Akamas'

"Despite the request of the withdrawal of the 'Horizons' selection of the film 'Akamas', by Panikos Chrysanthou, the Venice festival has stood its ground", notes Marina Shiza. "The film will therefore be presented in Venice. For now, it is still being edited in Hungary, and will be sent to the Mostra on Friday. This delay is due to the Cypriot Ministry of education's decision to withdraw a supplementary subsidy of 15,000 euros which was due to be used for the finalisation of the film copy. This decision was taken after the director's refusal to cut a scene with the murder of a Greek Cypriot who resists British colonisation [in the 1950s] by a Turkish Cypriot who bears the name of a hero from Greek Cypriot history [Evagoras Pallikaridis, 1938-1957]. By pitching the entire intellectual class against it, the film is benefiting from exceptional promotion. But it has tainted the name of a country's national hero."

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