Codename Venus had a successful premiere last week at the Lemar Cineplex in Nicosia. The red carpet event was attended by the cast and crew and special guests including President Dervis Eroglu and Finance Minister, Ersin Tatar.
The film has had mixed reviews so far but there does appear to be a general consensus that this is a positive move telling the story of Cyprus through film. One Turkish critic noted that much of the dialogue is in English [with the remainder in English subtitles], which he felt was unrealistic given that communication within Turkish-Cypriot families, especially in that era, would have been in Turkish. However, this does open the film up to a much wider audience. Another film critic reported that she had been expecting something fairly amateurish but had to admit she was wrong – she was very impressed with the film and acknowledged the considerable effort (including nine years of research) which had gone into it.
The film includes many extras from around the island, including Diana Peek Maxwell and Peter Wills from the Theatre Lambousa group and Aphrodite restaurant owner, Cemal Boransel (shown below).
The film is showing in the following cinemas:
Famagusta Galleria Cinema Club (0392 365 1270) – from Fri 28th Jan
Nicosia Lemar Cineplex (0392 223 5395) – every day until Thurs 3rd Jan: 11.45am, 2.15pm, 5pm, 8.45
Kyrenia Lemar Cineplex (0392 822 3565) – every day until Thurs 3rd Jan: 2pm, 5pm, 9pm