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by Marianna Economou


Elias, a small farming village in central Greece, is dying out. But two cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate the tomato seeds they have kept for hundreds of years. With a little help from Wagner’s music –which they use to help their tomatoes grow– the team succeeds to export little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world. The film follows the protagonists of this unlikely quest, as they struggle to survive and make their dream come true. Humorous and bittersweet, this is a story about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis and the power of human relationships.  

international title: When Tomatoes Met Wagner
original title: Otan o Wagner Sinantise tis Ntomates
working title: Seeds of Columbus
country: Greece
sales agent: Rise and Shine World Sales
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Marianna Economou
film run: 73'
screenplay: Marianna Economou
cinematography by: Marianna Economou, Dimitris Kordelas
film editing: Evgenia Papageorgiou
production: Anemon Productions, Stefi Film
backing: Greek Film Centre (GR)

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