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Images And Views of Alternative Cinema (IVAC) 2023 Edition

12 June 2023, NICOSIA

19 – 25 June 2023, Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia

Images and Views of Alternative Cinema Film Festival, the annual event that focusses on the presentation of research-based, avant-garde, and alternative views of international cinema, will take place from the 19th to the 25th of June 2023, at the welcoming outdoor yard of the Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, in Nicosia (close to the Famagusta Gate).

Beyond discussions that deal with the form, the Festival aims at redefining cinephilia in its most multidimensional aspect, and proposes a unique programme of screenings that primarily induces the viewer in a world that is born through experimentation.

Τhe Festival is an initiative of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture and the non-profit organisation Brave New Culture.

This year, the festival is dedicated to the memory of a master of cinema and French New Wave avant-garde director Jean-Luc Godard, who passed away last year at the age of 91. With landmark films which destabilised the international cinematographic establishment of their times, a main part of the Festival is showcasing Godard’s work, honoring the great master.

Images and Views of Alternative Cinema Film Festival thematic programmes as follows:

Oh! (Re)voir Godard

Jean-Luc Godard, a prominent figure in the world of cinema, a ground breaking revolutionary, and a philosopher, passed away on September 12th, 2022, at the age of 91.

It is still too soon and remains a difficult task to appreciate the range and volume of his gigantic impact on the art of cinema. Paying tribute to his influence and as a minimum homage to his memory, the Festival screens four of the most emblematic films of his first period, from the 60’s. Films that marked in a most defining way generations of cinephiles: À Bout de Souffle, Alphaville: Une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution, Masculin Féminin, Le Mépris.

Moreover, the Festival will be screening – in six parts – the epic and contemplative film of his later period Histoire(s) du cinéma, a film which was concluded in 1998 and which presents in a unique manner Godard’s personal view of History, of cinema and its narratives.

In the framework of the tribute, and apart from the introductions to the work of the great cinema master, the Festival presents a lecture by director Tatjana Kononenko, entitled Sauve qui peut (la vie): The Political Power of Godard’s Cinema.

[Programme Curators: Doros Demetriou, Dimitris Bampas]

Cinema (Re)Load: Cine-Minimal I

The short, the miniscule time duration is a benefit of advertisement – either cinematic (trailer) or not. When advertisement is not the goal, time limit becomes an interesting challenge for filmmakers, who are invited to develop a complete narrative in a limited running time of 1-2 minutes.

In 2013, in celebration of its seventieth edition, the Venice Film Festival asked 70 directors from around the world to make a short film between one and one-and-a-half minutes long on the future of cinema. The topic was open for interpretation to all participating directors. The project was titled Future Reloaded. The films were screened during the festival and subsequently uploaded on the festival’s channel.

The shorts in Cinema (Re)Load: Film Miniatures Ι have been selected from these 70 films, revolving about the central axis of the past, present and future of cinema. The selection showcases among others short films by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Lanthimos, Claire Denis, Abbas Kiarostami, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Shirin Neshat, Hong Sang-soo, Kim Ki-duk, Jia Zhangke, Lav Diaz, Jean-Marie Straub, Karim Aïnouz.

[Programme Curator: Dimitris Bampas]

Andrea Arnold: The Monster of Deprivation Lies in the Kitchen Sink
One of the most influential and daring women filmmakers alive, Andrea Arnold creates raw, violent and decadent stories focussing on marginalised lives – explosively contributing to the contemporary, British social realism. IVAC showcases the following films:
Fish Tank (2009) – 126’, Red Road (2006) 113’, Wasp (2003) – 26’, Dog (2001) – 10’ and Milk (1998) – 10’

[Programme Curator: Christiana Ioannou]

Presentation by Christodoulos Panayiotou (60’) followed by the screening of Werner Schroeter’s Poussières d’amour / Love’s Debris (130’, 1996)

From the ongoing series of performances Dying on Stage, where the matter of death’s representation in theatre is explored, to meticulously staged installations that question narratives pertaining to seemingly consummate value systems, Christodoulos Panayiotou constructs multi-layered indexes of gestures that perform new sensibilities of entanglement with the world.
In his presentation “I can sing it but I cannot listen to it”, Panayiotou combines an array of references to mediate on —among others— the charms and raptures of audiovisual universes, the simultaneous representation of disparate times the film affords, and the intertwining of reality and fiction, as nurtured by personal obsession and the often undeclared proximities between life and the screen.

The performance lecture is followed by a screening of Werner Schroeter’s Poussières d’amour, a film near and dear to Panayiotou, characterised by its lack of script and continuity, but with very specific constraints that provide the rules of the game, as it were: the setting —the Abbey of Royaumont— and the participant vocalists chosen, who arrive there with a companion of their choice to perform an aria chosen by the director.

[Programme Curator: Evagoras Vanezis]

Admission Information

• Screenings start at 20.00
• Venue: Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia
• Address: 55 – 59, Ammochostou Str. Nicosia
• Free Entrance
• All films are suitable for 18+

For more information about the Festival please call 99 407856 or visit Images & Views of Alternative Cinema Film Festival on Facebook or visit

The Festival is supported by Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum and the Institut Français, Cyprus

Media Sponsor: CYBC

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