about The Broken Pitcher

Tracing the effects of financialisation and austerity, the collaborative project The Broken Pitcher by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marina Christodoulidou and Peter Eramian attends to a concrete case: A crucial meeting at a bank, negotiating the foreclosure of a family home in Larnaca, Cyprus in 2019. Foreclosures are one of the austerity measures that were imposed on the Cypriot government by the Troika (the EU Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) after the financial crisis in 2012.

The Broken Pitcher looks at the banking system and the potentials for changing the script of interacting with it. The project consists of a one-to-one scale model of the bank room, that functions both as an exhibition space as well as a set which features in a 70 min film that reconstructs the scene. Inspired by Abbas Kiarostami’s film First Case – Second Case (1979, Iran), the reenactment of the bank meeting is then shown to people from various backgrounds who are asked to respond to the question: “In your opinion what should the bank employees do?”. The filmed responses encompass perspectives of people from different interest groups in Cyprus and beyond, including housing rights activists in Barcelona, Berlin and Beirut, persons who are similarly affected by these policies, public figures, lawyers, economists and artists.

One of the project’s main interests is collaboration as a practice of collectivity. Starting in 2020 gatherings and workshops were at the core of its making, in order to find structures and formats of working together, scripting and researching the context of foreclosures in relation to debt, austerity, financialization and coloniality and to counter the isolation and desperation they produce. The meeting at the bank and its space was drafted after memory logs of the affected family and their lawyer. Starting from a workshop at the independent artist-led space Thkio Ppalies in Nicosia, the bank room set and its parts were conceived together with artists who each took on a separate aspect of the set. The items in the room depart from a functional replica and become artworks in their own right, bearing witness to the meeting and offering portals to imagining an otherwise.

The accounts of the affected family were unpacked and reconstructed in workshops with actors who reenacted the dialogue in a filmed improvisation. The selection of respondents to the scene traces personal connections, friendships and expertise shared in and over various communities. Several screenings on public squares in Cyprus and a first presentation at Thkio Ppalies in May 2022, concluded in often extended discussions in local neighborhood communities. Personal testimonies, bonding over shared experiences and ideas for planning and organizing in response to the micro and macro effects of debt were shared and helped to connect and learn from each other.


A project by

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Marina Christodoulidou

Peter Eramian


Raissa Angeli

Stelios Kallinikou

Orestis Lazouras

Faysal Mroueh

Nayia Savva

Maria Toumazou

Emiddio Vasquez










Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Marina Christodoulidou


Peter Eramian

Director of photography

Orestis Lambrou

Assistant director

Keti Papadema

Original music

Composition and Production

Panagiotis Mina

at Pyrgatory Studios


‘The Broken Pitcherz Jam’

Stelios Antoniou

Reenactment director

Athina Kassiou

Reenactment script

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Keti Papadema

Marina Christodoulidou

Director of somatics

Dimitris Chimonas

Set design

Rumen Tropchev

Peter Eramian

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Marina Christodoulidou

Faysal Mroueh

Rhea Kyriacou

Production manager

Demetris Taliotis

Sound recordist

Christos Kyriacoullis

Boom man

Andreas Constantinou


Manos Hadjikonstantinou

Assistant camera

Nenad Todorovic

Andreas Charalambous


George CJ Spyris


Shona Muir

Make-up artist

Sally Zein


Christos Poutziouris

Ruth Keshishian

Andreas Vyras

Mertkan Hamit

Lucile Desamory

Nicholas Bußmann

Dr Margarita Tsomou

Mourad Ayyach

Alice Creischer

Maya Athanatou

Andreas Kirlappos

Andrej Holm

Justin Lieberman

Nizar Ghanem

Heike Geißler

Dina Abou Zour

Michalakis Ioannou

Michalis Sarris

Sanabel Abdelrahman

Plataforma de Afectados por la


Delia Ccerare Paniora

Santi Mas de Xaxàs Faus

Camera operators


Keti Papadema

Andres Villareal

Alexandra Ivanciu

Elda Ortiz

Mark Khalife

Anja Bentzien

Camera operator


Panayotis Mina


Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Marina Christodoulidou

Assistant editor

Erfan Aboutalebi

Sound editors

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Erfan Aboutalebi

Panagiotis Mina


Panagiotis Mina

Visual identity

Studio Nikos Stephou

Colour grading

Sebastian Bodirsky

Project manager

Ioulita Toumazi

Research assistant

Andres Villareal

Production coordinator

Tuan Do Duc


Keti Papadema

Ernest Ah

Erfan Aboutalebi

Kante Film Leipzig


Andry Panayiotou

Yaren Fadiloglulari

Ernest Ah

Mouna Abo Assal

Nicolas Koukoullis

Susan Hassanieh

Roaa Haidari

Louise Bromby

Stephan Glietsch


Ulrike Uhlig