WORLD FIRST: TWO KYTHERIAN FILMS ON ONE NIGHT!
The Sydney premiere of Kythera mon Amour, the debut film of James Prineas, will be held at the historic Ritz Cinema in Randwick at 6pm on October 23rd, 2016.
In addition 25 minutes of highlights from "Kythera from the Air, the Movie" highlights will begin the Film Night. All the sights, most of the villages, and as beautiful as in real life but with one exception: you fly over the island like a bird!
Kythera mon Amour, The Film:
Leaving your mother's cooking and home for another country can be a test of will for the best Greek island bachelor, but when young George has to choose between a future in Australia or an array of quirky passionate commitments in an economically stricken Greece, his willpower is put to the test. And, on the other side of the island, when Poppy and Georgos, brother and sister in the countryside of Kythera, make a bold decision about their future, not even their bees can stop gossiping...
Despite the array of captivating characters, the protagonist of the film is most certainly the island of Kythera itself, full of heroic landscapes and melancholic stories.
"Kythera mon Amour is a multifaceted Greek island comedy-drama which explores the motivation to emigrate – both in the past and the present – from the mythological paradise. Trying to leave a utopia is the crux of the Kytherian dilemma: being driven by the head and drawn back by the heart. Kythera is harsh/ lush, poor/rich, lazy/dynamic. As the character of Myrto points out, it is the easiest place to exist spiritually, and the hardest to survive economically.
"Within the tragic love-quadrangle he has created, George, the young protagonist, is held back from a new future, less by the physical attractions of the island, but more by the realisation he is losing hope in Kythera, represented by "Elpida", his great love. On the other side of the island Poppy and Georgios solve the displacement dilemma of migration by taking with them what is most precious to them: each other and George's irreplaceable bees.
"Choreographed to reflect the lethargic rhythm of Greek island life to the original music of composer Katya Sourikova, the film picks up speed as the departure of the protagonists grows near and the complexity of doomed relationships becomes apparent.
"Heartbreaking, picturesque and comic, Kythera mon Amour will warm the heart and reveal the essence of a unique island."
Alfons Breitlinger. Berlin Film Review
Read more about the film at www.kytheramonamour.com.