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An international screening week.

The big screen will be sparkling this week with a variety of stories from a variety of lands.

The award-winning films from the fifth Athens International Digital Film Festival -- held in December 2015 -- will be screened at the ARTos Foundation tomorrow and on Thursday.

The programme includes films in Greek, foreign fiction films, documentaries, animation, video art, experimental and video dance.

Tomorrow screenings will start with the Spanish Lost Village, which won the International Fiction Award. The 15 minute short tells the tale of a middle-aged man and woman who are the only residents of an abandoned village. When lights start appearing in some of the empty houses, their lives are changed forever.

The day will also screen the Canadian film Invincible Spring, which received the Screenplay and Director Award in the International Fiction category. A sensitive young painter can't get to grips with modern technology. As a result he finds himself wrestling between nostalgia for his childhood self and a longing for love and social acceptance.

The Greek short film Berenice received a Greek Fiction Honourable Mention for its telling of the Edgar Allan Poe story about Egaeus as he prepares to marry his cousin Berenice. Berenice contracts an unnamed disease which causes her to deteriorate, leaving only her teeth free of deterioration and the object which Egaeus begins to obsess about.

A Greek Fiction Honourable Mention was also given to A Wooden Flute, a magical story of how a boy ignores his mother's warnings and plays his flute instead of doing his homework and in doing so realises that the only thing that matters to him is music.

Also being screened tomorrow will be the Croatian short film The Vest Landscape which received an Honourable Mention for Animation. The film brings together a fox hunter and a porcelain-shopkeeper lady, scientist brothers, a seal, a boy and a music box. These six characters in their separate rooms tell stories of love, contemplation and self destruction.

Included in Thursday's screenings is the Cypriot and Greek film Austerity, which received the Evgenia Hatzikou award. Austerity shows how one man preserved his dignity during the recent Greek financial crisis. The film that received the Best Director Award was The Collector, about a man with unusual habits.

The Long Documentary Award was given to Un Condor. The 79 minute documentary zooms in on Sergio Contreras, who sentenced himself to exile in November 1973, a few months after Pinochet overthrew Allende's government in Chile.

A full list of the films can be found at http://www.artosfoundation.org/images/Athens_International_Digital_Film_Festival_EN2.pdf .

Moving on to Limassol, the Embassy of Switzerland will screen the French film Henry Dunant -- du Rouge sur la Croix at the Cyprus University of Technology at 8.30pm.

The 2006 film, directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard (Red on the Cross), is loosely based on the life of the founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant -- who was also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The film follows the 18 months that preceded the creation of this renowned humanitarian organistion.

The film will be screened on Thursday in Paphos, on March 18 in Nicosia and in Larnaca on March 21.

Paphos will also be joining the international screening affair tomorrow when the German film Ein Geschenk der Gotter (A Godsend) is screened at Technopolis 20 at 7.30pm.

The 2014 tragicomedy written and directed by Oliver Hafner is about actress Anna who loses her job at a small German town theatre and starts teaching drama to eight unemployed people. Even though her pupils are not very enthusiastic about the play Antigone that Anna is rehearsing with them, both them and Anna realise that their coming together was a Godsend in the end.

Athens International Digital Film Festival

Screenings of the award-winning films of the 5th Athens International Digital Film Festival. March 9-10. ARTos Foundation, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. With Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 22-445456

Henry Dunant -- du Rouge sur la Croix

Screening of the 2006 biography drama. March 8. Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol. 8.30pm. French with English subtitles. Free. Tel: 22-466806

March 10. Neopolis University Paphos. 6.30pm

March 18. Cine Studio, Nicosia. 9pm

March 21. Theatro Skala, Larnaca. 8.30pm

A Godsend

Screening of the German film. March 9. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 7.30pm. Free. German with English subtitles. Tel: 70-002420

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