28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Phantom of Venus
Phantom of Venus
Phantom of Venus
Phantom of Venus
Phantom of Venus

Phantom of Venus

director: Christiana Ioannou
original title: Το Φάντασμα της Αφροδίτης
country: Cyprus
year: 2022
running time: 10 min.


The 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.”

Source: https://www.cypriotcollage.com/ashes-of-venus


Christiana 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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director: Christiana Ioannou
producer: Christiana Ioannou
music: Tasos Stylianou
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
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