MYSTERY #84 PANIGÍRI*
LIVE CINEMA – WORKING CLASS – SIRENS
21.04.2023 – 23.04.2023
2023 ELEUSIS – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
with the collaboration of THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
[*county fair, feast day, celebration]
Centring on a folk festivity − the celebration of Saint George held on 23 April, close by the church on Pagalou Street − PANIGÍRI is a live cinema festival that unfolds around the festivity, exploring both the meaning and the visual manifestations of the working class in Europe today, as well as the very aesthetics of live cinema, that is, cinema produced in real time: screening marathons, public speakers under the sound of sirens, and the shooting of two live-cinema films in situ during the festivity, directed by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss and Syllas Tzoumerkas.
What is the working class today and what are its characteristics across Europe? What do its men and women dream of? What are their values? How do they unite in action, and for what purpose? What divides them? Which elements within them are a force for preservation, and which a force for renewal? What comprises beauty and closeness, and what constitutes ugliness and isolation in the public events that express the poor, the laity of Europe, everywhere from Spain through to Poland, and from Greece and Italy up to the nations of Scandinavia? How do the political and intellectual elite deal with this class of people?
Conceived & Curated by: Syllas Tzoumerkas
Co-curators: Maria Chatzichristodoulou aka Maria X, Lorenzo Esposito
Original films’ directors: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Producer: Konstantinos Sakkas
Film production consultant: Maria Drandaki
Programming coordination: Nektarios Sakkas
Curation assistant: Nikos Kolioukos
Production Management: Delta Pi