Tuesday/mardi June 25 juin, 19:00
Manoussos Manoussakis, 2015 | 116 minutes
A major box office hit and award-winner in Greece, this is a powerful and beautifully rendered telling of a wartime romance in Thessaloniki between a Jewish girl and a young Christian resistance fighter. Set against the backdrop of German-occupation, circumstances will quickly conspire against these star-crossed lovers, forcing them to make painful decisions in the darkest days of the Nazi occupation. Cloudy Sunday is a compelling drama about lovers in a dangerous time. The film’s love story is made even more poignant by the wistful songs of famous songwriter Vassilis Tsitsanis and the enchanting classics of Sephardic Jewish music. Among its international awards: Best Film – San Francisco Greek Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Make Up, Greek Film Academy.
My aim for the realization of this film is to provide a reminder of the atrocities committed during the 2nd World War to those who have chosen to forget, and an opportunity to learn for those who are unaware; in the hope that those crimes will never be repeated. This story, despite its chronological setting, reflects current events, where racism and neo-Nazism lie in wait menacingly, eager to infect the global community.
MANOUSSOS MANOUSSAKIS has directed numerous plays and TV productions. His TV series attained ratings up to 73%, receiving Director and Audience awards. He received various prices such as the Best Cinematography award at the Chicago Film Festival, the European Parliament award at the Giffoni Film Festival, and the Script, Music & Editing awards at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. “Cloudy Sunday” is his fifth feature film.