Modern Dance performance of Hamlet.
Modern Dance performance of Hamlet for #ShakespeareLives. ©

Photo by Zoya Ignatova

Saturday 23 April 2016 -
17:30 to 20:30

The European Cultural Institutes; Aula Cervantes de Nicosia, the British Council, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français de Chypre and Societa Dante Alighieri as members of the upcoming Cyprus EUNIC Cluster, will celebrate this year Shakespeare Day on 23 April, by screening feature / short movies  about the most famous writers of their country: Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, Molière and Dante Alighieri.

The event, will screen two feature movies and one short film on 22 and 23 April 2016. A reception will follow each first feature movie.

Friday, 22 April

18:30 Molière (France; 2007; colour; 120’; Dir.: Laurent Tirard )

(Before the movie a short summary of the "Divina Commedia", presented by Benigni will be shown; 4 minutes).

Paris, 1644: 22-year-old Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known as Molière, is not yet the writer that history recognizes as the father and true master of comic satire, author of “the Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe”, and a dramatist to rank alongside Shakespeare & Sophocles. Far from it. He is in fact, a failed actor.

His Illustrious Theatre Troupe, founded the previous year, is bankrupt. Hounded by creditors, Molière is thrown into jail, released, then swiftly imprisoned again. When the jailors finally let him go, he disappears. The combined efforts of historians have unearthed no trace of him before his reappearance, several months later, when his troupe begins touring the provinces - a tour that will last for thirteen years, and culminate in Molière's triumphant return to Paris in 1658. But what happened to Molière during these mysterious lost months?

21:00 Goethe! (Germany; 2010; color; 104'.; Dir.: Philipp Stölzl)

1772: The 23-year-old law student, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, flunks his oral exams. His angry father sends him to the Imperial High Court in Wetzlar. Goethe, who dreams of a career as a poet and has to digest the rejection of his play Götz von Berlichingen, falls in love with Charlotte Buff. But her father has already promised her to another man. Goethe reacts to his misfortune by writing The Sorrows of Young Werther — and overnight, the novel makes him the new star of German literature.

Saturday, 23 April

16:00 Cervantes and the legend of Don Quijote (Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada; 2004; 54’; dir.: Daniel Serra/Jaume Serra)

(Before the movie a short summary of the "Divina Commedia", presented by Benigni will be shown; 4 minutes).

In this documentary film, a group of experts, among whom are the winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature Günter Grass, José Saramago, Mario Vargas Llosa, Majorcan writer Carme Riera, renowned scientists, a psychoanalyst and the former Spanish president Felipe González, explain the important meaning Don Quijote had and still has to date.

17:30 Hamlet (England; 1948; 150’; Dir. Laurence Olivier)

The award winning classic film starring Laurence Olivier, who delivers one of his greatest Shakespearean performances. The film has won four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Art Director and Best Costume Design), two Golden Globes (Best Foreign Film and Best Actor) and a BAFTA for best film.

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. Seldom has the tragic story of the Danish Prince, tortured by his duty to his murdered father and by the guilt and fear he feels at the prospect of revenge, been so brilliantly portrayed in this immortal story of murder, intrigue, madness and despair.