27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Phantom of Venus
director: Christiana Ioannou
original title: Το Φάντασμα της Αφροδίτης
running time: 10 min.
synopsisThe second part of the series Cypriot Collage Stories sketches out the history of this Mediterranean island as a conflict of its two mothers – Aphrodite and Virgin Mary. Animations and collages are intertwined with found footage of the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, revealing the obvious fact that modern conflicts are rooted in history.
“The two mothers of Cyprus, Aphrodite goddess of Love and Mary, Mother of Jesus, enter a fight. Which one will conquer all the island? Aphrodite holds the people together, Mary keeps them apart. History versus Religion.”
biographyChristiana Ioannou (* 1991) is an artistic director of the Cyprus Contemporary Film Centre. She is focused mainly on alternative and experimental film. As a film amateur, she has worked out her filmmaking method of direct interventions into film material, collages and ethnographic animations.
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