Hollywood Director denied entry to Cyprus – The story behind

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According to an eyewitness at Larnaca Airport, the incident began at 2:30 am on September 11th, 2020. Mr. Logothetis, director of the soon-to-be released film “Jiu Jitsu”, was returning to Cyprus to begin preparations for his next film. Dimitri had been planning this trip for several months.


Mr. Logothetis was accompanied by an investor by the name of John who, according to an anonymous source, was planning to invest at least $100 million into the Cypriot film industry.


After two stops and a day’s worth of travel, Dimitri and John finally arrived
at the Larnaca airport with all necessary paperwork required to enter the country: a Cyprus Flight Pass approved in advance by the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 tests with negative results, and flight tickets. According to the eyewitness, when they arrived at Passport Control, the officer on duty checked Dimitri’s documents and refused to let him into the country. The officer kept repeating that something in the paperwork was wrong, but he gave no specific explanation for the decision to deny Dimitri and the
investor entry into Cyprus. The officer also said he recognized the Hollywood filmmaker, admitting that he knew who Dimitri was, but claimed he could not do anything about the situation. Dimitri and John would have to leave the country immediately.


According to the witness, Dimitri then called a top executive who asked to speak with the Passport Control officer. It was kindly suggested of the officer to let Dimitri and John to stay at the airport for a few hours until the Cypriot business day began to allow time for the situation to be sorted out.


According to our witness, the officer told Dimitri he “did not recognize or care about the authority”, and the Hollywood filmmaker and investor companion were forced to fly to Germany.


Once there, the business day had begun in Cyprus, so Dimitri was able to reach his contacts at the Cypriot Government. The Cypriot Government provided Dimitri and John with special entry passes, and after many long hours, the two were able to finally enter the country.


According to our source, the whole situation was very troubling for the Greek-American director, as he did not foresee being welcomed back in such a manner. Mr. Logothetis had flown to Cyprus with good intentions: to make large investments in Cypriot film production and to provide work opportunities for many Cypriots.


Update: The situation happened in front of all passengers on the flight. I contacted Mr. Logothetis’ office for further comments about the incident, but the company refused to discuss anything on that matter. His office did report that Dimitri has very good relations with several Ministers in Cyprus and that he respects these relationships.


Update: The situation happened in front of all passengers on the flight. I contacted Mr. Logothetis’ office for further comments about the incident, but the company refused to discuss anything on that matter. His office did report that Dimitri has very good relations with several Ministers in Cyprus and that he respects these relationships.


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