Event Type:Cinema

Cultural Area:Kipos Municipal Cinema

Date:Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020


Starts: 21:30


Admission: 5€

Children up to 12 years old: 1€

Students: 1€

Unemployed: 1€

Disabled: 1€

People over 65: 1€


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“When Tomatoes Met Wagner” by Marianna Economou

If there is a recipe for a documentary that makes you cry, laugh and recognize the parallel paths of those who live during the economic crisis, Marianna Economou found it.

The village of Ilias, in the flatlands of the Thessalian plain, has 33 inhabitants. Its school has been closed for 30 years. The small cemetery is more “populated” than the streets. Few young people remain, and there is not a single store, or even a cafe. Those who stayed behind are farmers. Women and men struggling with the land and cultivating wheat, barley, and tomatoes. 45 year-old Alexandros is one of them. He belongs to the generation that left the village and moved away to study, but he returned. "I take the earth, the soil, in my hand and I feel it is part of my DNA. It may just be in my mind; it may be another myth. But I feel inextricably linked to this place. "

In Greece of the economic crisis, Alexandros, his cousins, aunts and neighbors started with an ambitious idea. Since in the United States and Europe they were cultivating genetically modified tomato hybrids for decades (causing them to lose their flavor), they would pack tomato sauces and jars of tomato-based recipes and export them around the world. "It's ironic, but Christopher Columbus brought the first tomato seeds to Europe and, 500 years later, a Greek village is needed to send real tomatoes back to America..."

Alexandros organizes the idea with research, dedication and a touch of madness: two speakers in the middle of the fields play music to the plants. "Tomatoes need something majestic to make them feel small and blush. Wagner!"

Marianna Economou ("The Longest Run") brought "When Tomatoes Met Wagner" to the 69th Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale for Culinary Cinema, the Festival's "Food for Thought" section. And that is exactly what this documentary causes.

On the occasion of this idea, her camera wanders around the village, its desolation and beauty. It records the lives of the locals - their loneliness, but also their innate joy. Her lens does not capture what is predictable: the deprivation, the hardship, the misery of the forgotten rural province that was hit by the crisis. On the contrary, she makes you feel that she loves these people and portrays them in a such way that we automatically fall in love with them as well.

The women-farmers who pack the products make you laugh with their innocence, authenticity and jokes. You get excited when you identify with their stories. You laugh and cry at the same time when they pose in the fields for the packaging label and feel uncomfortable. You recognize the uniqueness of the moment, when they travel to Belgium, enter a supermarket, and see the result of their hard work on the shelves.

Alexandros pulls the strings. You see the gears in his mind that are constantly moving: how will the idea succeed, will they adapt it to new recipes more friendly to the dietary fashion of the Anglo-Saxons, or should they pack it differently? He listens, communicates (OK, sometimes it’s just rambling philosophy, but you forgive him with all your heart) he respects his whole team and involves them in decisions, tests, ideas. He stands there hugging his speakers and tries to resist. To resist a reality that brings his future, his country, his tomatoes to a dead end. The crisis is not economic. "Thing is they have stolen our dreams ..."

The poetry of her camera, her creative editing, but above all her sensitivity and observation, make Economou's documentary evade easy solutions. And add to its packaging something that has an entertaining and educational taste, but also a substantial and erudite aftertaste. One that stays on the palate and makes you think. Sweet and sour, like a real tomato.

Directed by: Marianna Economou
Written by: Marianna Economou

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