I Póli ke i Póli

The City and the City

Nicknamed “the mother of Israel”, the Greek city of Thessaloniki was for centuries home to a large diaspora of Sephardic Jews until the outbreak of the Second World War. In the winter of 1943, the Nazi regime dispatched Eichmann’s deputies to Greece where they quickly and rigorously carried out their programme of ghettoisation and deportation which led to the extermination of more than 90 percent of the city’s Jewish population. THE CITY AND THE CITY aims to reconstruct this dramatic history through six intertwined chapters drawn from the lives and perils of Thessaloniki’s Jewish community. Filmmakers Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas, both born in Thessaloniki, have created an enigmatic, multi-character narration. As we wander through a blend of last century and contemporary Thessaloniki, we discover echoes of a lost, multi-cultural Eden and the intense pain that today’s inhabitants have inherited. If embraced, this is a shattering experience. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
I Poli ke i Poli (The City and the City, 2022) - To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, Tzoumerkas; CE'19) - A Manifesto for the Un-Communal (2017, short, Tzoumerkas) - A Blast (2014, Tzoumerkas; CE'15) - Hóra Proélefsis (Homeland, 2010, Tzoumerkas)
European Panorama Fiction 2022
Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Greece 2022
color & black and white
87 minutes
Greek / German / Turkish / French / Ladino
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Cinematography Simos Sarketzis
Editing Yorgos Zafiris
Sound/Sounddesign Nikos Exarchos, Dimitris Kanellopoulos, Persefoni Miliou, Costas Varybobiotis
With Vassilis Kanakis, Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Angeliki Papoulia, Argyris Xafis, Niki Papandreou
Producer(s) Maria Drandaki
Homemade Films, Greek National Opera
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2022