Cyprus International Film Festival
I had a message yesterday from Rebecca Hall who was at the Cyprus International Film Festival to hear the reading of a scene from our screenplay, ‘Girl Gone Greek’, which is based on her novel of the same name. The message said (and it is yet to be confirmed) that the screenplay received a special mention at the awards ceremony, which is good news. As I’m talking about Cyprus, I thought I’d add some photos today from my trip there last year, so that’s what you’re getting today.
On Symi, the weather is back to its more usual July behaviour, hot and a little bit sweaty with sunny days, a welcome breeze from time to time and calm seas. Mind you, some friends returning from Rhodes on Sunday were treated to a bumpy crossing. There must have been a swell going on as there were no white caps on the sea and it wasn’t a windy day. The music school held their concert last weekend, there are many talented musicians on Symi – of all ages. Guitar, piano and violin were all being played, and the cantor school also performed. That’s the school where young people are taught how to chant the liturgy in church.
If you are ever at the folklore museum in Horio (and possibly in Panormitis too), you can see some very old copies of the chants. It’s a bit like reading plainsong and reminds me of the way I tried to sing psalms in the church choir a hundred years ago. I borrowed this image from an online search to give you an idea of what you’re faced with (in Orthodox manuscripts). It reminds me of learning Arabic, something else I wasn’t particularly good at.
And back to Cyprus…