Marianna Economou
When Tomatoes Met Wagner
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When Tomatoes Met Wagner

When Tomatoes Met Wagner

Marianna Economou

72 min.
Greek, French and English
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

The two protagonists have discovered the secret to make tomatoes taste better: Wagner.


Marianna Economou
Pavlos Christoforakos
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Stefi & Linx Productions, Anemon Productions
Greek Film Centre
Spiros Mavrogenis, Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof

Two resourceful cousins, with the help of grandmothers’ wisdom and the enthusiasm of the inhabitants of an isolated Greek village, manage to lift the spirits and the economy locally by exporting small jars with organic tomatoes preserved with an unorthodox method … An endearing story about the power of human relationships.

The two protagonists have discovered the secret to make tomatoes taste better: Wagner. Challenging industrial agriculture and growing organic tomatoes with centenary seeds, they sell around the world tomatoes that are sensitive to music. The return of the two cousins and the unexpected success, have taken the whole village by surprise and now thanks to the tomatoes, they’ve seen how the crisis that hit Greece and this area in particular has evaporated. A lesson on how to reinvent oneself in times of crisis.

About the direction
Marianna Economou

Marianna Economou


Marianna Economou studied anthropology, photo-journalism and film production in London. Since 2000,...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama Section
Edició 2019
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Awards and festivals

Best Grek Film · Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Grècia, 2019
Alemanya, 2019
Dok.Fest Munich
Alemanya, 2019
Marianna Economou
When Tomatoes Met Wagner
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The economic and social aspect of organic horticulture not being able to compete with mass production owing to cost-effectiveness is also touched upon through philosophical and almost poetic conversations between Aleco and a local friend.

— Cineuropa

The doc takes audiences through the ins and outs of this tiny operation. There are no machines for mass production here, only weathered hands that crank the honey, slice the tomatoes, and apply each label one by one.

— POV Magazine

Marianna Economou's documentary relates the story of a near-deserted Greek village rescued by organic tomatoes — and Wagner.

— Hollywood Reporter
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