Eco Dox

When Tomatoes Met Wagner

Marianna Economou
Screening time  
21.03. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

Encircled by mountains, the plain of Thessaly has always provided food for Greek farmers. But recently the region has hit rock bottom due to the economic crisis. In the middle of the plain lies Elias, a farming village of 33 inhabitants, with no shops, no school or even a priest. This is where a farmer named Christos has decided to turn over his land to the organic cultivation of tomatoes. In the back of his cousin Alexandros’ house these tomatoes are then pasteurised and hand-packaged by village women as tomato purée and meals. Soon, the little jars are finding their way to the shelves of organic shops across the world. This film follows events as business takes off and the tiny village opens up to the world. A tale about an ordinary rural community where things begin to happen in an extraordinary way. After centuries of insular existence, everything is stirred up by the humble tomato, and the village's 33 elderly inhabitants find themselves having to respond to a new reality. If this weren't enough, Alexandros insists on playing Wagner in the tomato fields; he also uses stories and local myths to market their products and convince people from all over the world to visit Elias.


Marianna Economou

Marianna Economou is a Greek director who studied anthropology, journalism and film in London. Since 2000, she has been producing and directing documentary series and independent films in cooperation with European broadcasters including the BBC, arte and YLE. Her documentaries such as My Place in the Dance (2006), Bells (2006), Threads & Miracles (2009), and Food for Love (2015) have won a number of prizes. Her film The Longest Run (2015) was nominated for a European Film Award in 2016 and won the VER.DI Award for Best Documentary at DOK Leipzig. When Tomatoes Met Wagner (2019) is her latest documentary.

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Otan o Wagner Sinantise tis Ntomates

Greece, Cyprus
2019, 72'

Directed by:
Marianna Economou

Screenplay by:
Marianna Economou

Argyris Tsebelikas, Marianna Economou, Dimitris Kordelas

Edited by:
Evgenia Papageorgiou

Spiros Mavrogenis, Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof

Produced by:
Anemon, Stefi&Lynx

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2019; Visions Du Réel 2019; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2019; CinéDOC Tbilisi 2019; Dok.Fest Munich 2019; DocsBarcelona 2019; Docaviv 2019; Sydney Film Festival 2019; Sarajevo Film Festival 2019; Moldoxc 2019; Visioni dal Mondo 2019; Manaki Brothers Film Festival 2019; BIFED 2019; Heartland International Film Festival 2019; Planet In Focus 2019


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