When Tomatoes Met Wagner

14 september 2019

18 : 15

Brief Synopsis:

The protagonists of the documentary are the characteristic inhabitants of Elias, a dying farming village in central Greece. The film follows two cousins and five village grannies who, in order to survive, decide to face the big international food markets with their homegrown tomatoes. With a little help from Wagner’s music, Christopher Columbus’s seeds and the presence of local nymphs, they succeed to export their little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world! Humorous and bittersweet, this is a story about the power of human relationships and the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis.


Directed by: Marianna Economou
Screenplay: Marianna Economou
Production: Anemon Productions
Producers: Spiros Mavrogenis, Rea Apostolidou & Yuri Averof. Co-produced with Stefi / Lynx productions with the support of MEDIA and the Greek Film Centre
Editing: Evgenia Papageorgiou
Cinematography: Marianna Economou, Argyris Tsepelikas, Dimitris Kordelas
International sales: Rise and Shine
Running time: 72’
Country: Greece
Year: 2019
Contacts: Marianna Economu | Director | mecon2@gmail.com – Anja Dziersk | Festival Manager | anja.dziersk@riseandshine-berlin.de

Director’s note:

“When I visited the village, I was immediately struck by the originality and courage of these people. In an environment of ‘nothingness’, they were attempting something extraordinary in order to survive. I wanted to make a film about their special look and attitude to life and raise the crucial issue about the future of local organic productions and small farming communities globally.
I believe, that if an audience is emotionally engaged, it becomes more open to different views and issues. ”.
Marianna Economou