TONGUE

By Panayiotis ACHNIOTIS, Andreas ANASTASIADES

TAHTA KALE - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Tracing the life of activist Costis Achniotis, the film develops within the history of the Cypriot radical Left and the bicommunal movement for reunification. In parallel quests between the past and present, the filmmakers explore the dialectics and poetics of the ethnic clash in Cyprus.

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2021
Greek Docs
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CYPRUS
    • Languages
    • GREEK, TURKISH, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 59 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Panayiotis ACHNIOTIS, Andreas ANASTASIADES
    • Writer(s)
    • Antonis ANTONIOU
    • Synopsis
    • The past and present, the personal and the political, become intermingled as “Tongue” emerges from within the history of the Cypriot radical Left. “Tongue” stands for language, for communication, for the tongue that speaks, that defies, that licks wounds and caresses. Such is the filmmakers’ Panayiotis Achniotis and Andreas Anastasiades understanding of the Cypriot experience.

      Taking as a starting point the death of Cypriot activist Costis Achniotis in 2017, the filmmakers look back at Achniotis' life and his role in the development of the Cypriot radical Left - from the 1970s to the emergence and establishment of the bi-communal movement for peace and reunification from the 1980s onward. The filmmakers engage in parallel quests between the past and present, bringing together personal artefacts, new and archival material in order to understand the dialectics and poetics of the ethnic clash and division of Cyprus’ current environment.