Cloudy Sunday

Ουζερί Τσιτσάνης

Director: Manoussos Manoussakis
Starring Christina Hilla-Fameli, Haris Fragoulis, Andreas Konstantinou and Vasiliki Troufakou.

The untold story of Thessaloniki’s Jewish community during the Second World War.

In German-occupied Thessaloniki in 1943, a club owned by famed composer of rebetika Vassilis Tsitsanis becomes a refuge of sorts for a young Christian man in love with a Jewish woman. 

Based on a book by George Skarbadonis, Cloudy Sunday is an epic collision of love and tragedy – fact and fiction – using the soul-stirring music of rembetika legend Vasilis Tsitsanis as its heartbeat.

It is 1942 and Thessaloniki is under Nazi occupation. But even brutal totalitarian oppression cannot stop a young Christian, Yorgos, and Jewish woman, Estrea, from falling in love. They find refuge in a tavern run by Vasilis Tsitsanis at a time when he composed many of his most famous songs, including the titular Cloudy Sunday.

Despite its period setting, Cloudy Sunday acts as a chilling reminder that history will repeat itself if we rest on our laurels and allow ourselves to forget. As Manousos Manousakis admits, “This story reflects current events, where racism and neo-Nazism lie in wait menacingly, eager to infect the global community.

46,091 Jews from Thessaloniki were deported to concentration camps. Only 1,950 survived.

"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

Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Make Up - Hellenic Film Academy 2016
Best Director, Best Cinematography - Slemani International Film Festival 2016 Iraq
Astron Award For Best Feature-Length Film - San Francisco Greek Film Festival 2016
Best Feature-Length Film Award– Atlanta Greek Film Festival
Nominee For Best Narrative Feature Interfaith Award – St. Lewis Film Festival