The City and the City
Panoramic Steps - SNFCC
The City and the City

Other venues - Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas

July 2021
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Concept – Screenplay – Directors:
Christos Passalis
Syllas Tzoumerkas

Maria Drandaki

Orestis Andreadakis


Director of photography:
Simos Sarketzis

Yorgos Zafiris

Art director:
Christos Passalis

Stage installation supervision:
Elina Loukou

Costume designers:
Marli Aliferi
Vassilia Rozana

Nikos Exarchos
Dimitris Kanellopoulos

Hair & make-up design:
Ioulia Sigrimi
Evi Zafiropoulou

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Vassilis Kanakis
Alexandros Vardaxoglou
Angeliki Papoulia
Argyris Xafis
Niki Papandreou
Vassilis Karamboulas
Themis Bazaka
Danai Primali
Maria Filini
Laertis Malkotsis
Michalis Kimonas
Marisha Triantaffyllidou
Fritz Fenne
Jakob Leo Stark
Fidel Talaboukas
Aris Armaganidis
Zoe Sigalou
Marina Siotou
Vassia Bakakou
Leonardos Batis
Glykeria Dimou
Andreas Stavrakakis
Nikos Chortarias

Panoramic Steps - SNFCC

Other venues

The City and the City

Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas

Available Dates

  • 08, 09, 10, 11 Jul 2021

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Filmic installation 

As part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution


Starts at 21.30 | clock


Free entrance by online pre-registration at

Pre-registration starts at 30/6 at 10:00


A co-production with Homemade Films

In collaboration with Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera in collaboration with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center presents Christos Passalis’ and Syllas Tzoumerkas’ filmic installation The City and the City at the SNFCC Panoramic Steps, as part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.

The project The City and the City, a co-production of the GNO Alternative Stage with Homemade Films, will be presented on 8, 9, 10 & 11 July 2021 at 9.30pm. It is a filmic installation displaying six chapters from the history of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki, projected simultaneously on three cinema screens. The project was curated by Orestis Andreadakis, artistic director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [].

With the project The City and the City, Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas, two acclaimed film and theatre directors and actors born both in Thessaloniki in 1978, return creatively to their native city for the first time, giving life to a filmic undertaking that blurs the lines between fiction, documentary and essay film.

Six chapters from the life and perils of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki are moulded with the image of the city of today, creating a multi-character narration in which two cities co-exist in the same frame: then and now are diffused in each other, in search of both their origins as well as a common direction for tomorrow. The initial version of The City and the City, unveiled at the SNFCC Panoramic Steps, takes the form of a three-screen installation with simultaneous projection.

The City and the City encapsulates the experience of a city that violently lost its multi-cultural character, through the following six chapters of the life and perils of its Jewish community:

  • A day before the fire
  • Liberty Square
  • The march and the funeral of Sarah, maid and foster-daughter
  • Liberation and the return
  • The trial
  • Prologue / Epilogue (1983)

Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas state: “Two cities co-exist in the same frame: last century’s and today’s Thessaloniki. Space and time are blended together in a strange, enigmatic way: the lost city, the struggling, humiliated, lost people co-exist with today’s city and people.

Two currents are thus formed: one is the contemporary current, the everyday, real one, which takes place normally, by default. The other one is based on the true experience of a lost era, which left behind wounds that are still open as well as traces of a lost Eden.

The two currents, the contemporary and the other one, meet and converse at the cracks – within a dream.”


With the support of: MOMusEKOMEDeutsch-Griechischer ZukunftsfondsRosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Office in Greece, the Region of Central Macedonia and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, and the collaboration of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Municipality of Thermaikos and the Athens Film Office



Christos Passalis Concept, screenplay, direction

Born in Thessaloniki. In October 2004, he co-founded the blitz theatre group. Along with the other members of the group, he has directed, written and acted in all of the group’s productions. The group has presented its work in festivals and numerous theatres in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Lebanon, Turkey, Poland, the UK, Austria and Norway. Since 2018, he has been directing at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland in collaboration with Angeliki Papoulia. He has participated in the films Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos, Black Field by Vardis Marinakis, Homeland and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Syllas Tzoumerkas and History’s Future by Fiona Tan. In July 2020, he completed the shooting of his first feature film Thursday Calm (in post-production).

Syllas Tzoumerkas Concept, screenplay, direction

Born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He grew up in Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Nissyros. His feature films Homeland (2010), A Blast (2014) and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) had their world premieres in the Venice, Locarno and Berlin International Film Festivals respectively, participated in over 200 festivals around the world and were released in theatres and streaming platforms in many countries. He co-wrote the scripts of Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Suntan (Rotterdam IFF / SXSW 2016) and All This Victory by Ahmad Ghossein (Venice 2019). In theatre and in multi-platform works, he has collaborated with Youla Boudali, the blitz theatre group, the Onassis Stegi, the Greek National Opera, etc.

Orestis Andreadakis Curator

He is the Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. He was a founding member of the Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights (1995) and the Athens Open Air Film Festival (2010), which he directed from 2007 to 2016. He has worked as a film critic and a journalist in newspapers, magazines and television and he has designed, curated and presented a number of exhibitions in Athens, Thessaloniki, and Geneva. In 2017, he was the curator of the Greek Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2013, he was decorated as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France.

Elina Loukou Installation supervision

Born in 1982. She is a co-founder of studio DeMachinas, whose work focuses on the sculptural aspect of architecture, exhibition and installation design. She has worked in a series of projects in Europe at practices such as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Allies and Morrison, London, as well as A Whale’s architects and Flux Office, Athens. Following her three years collaboration with Eva Manidaki on productions such as Pinter’s The Hothouse directed by Lefteris Voyatzis, she has designed sets for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Her works have been published and won awards in Greece and the United Kingdom, while she maintains teaching activity at the University of Central Saint Martins, London. Her architectural research and manifesto as a designer have been influenced by her dedication to Iannis Xenakis’ work and especially the Vacation House in Amorgos. She holds an MA in architecture from the Royal College of Art, London (2014) and a diploma from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2007).