WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER
Mixed Plate Marianna Economou
Surrounded by mountains, which creates an idyllic climate, the plain of Thessaly has always provided bountiful harvests for Greek farmers. But recently the region has rapidly declined in population and industry due to the economic crisis. In the middle of the plain lies Elias, a farming village of only 33 inhabitants, with no shops, no school or even a priest. This is where Christos, an enterprising farmer has decided to convert his fields to the organic cultivation of tomatoes. In the back of his cousin Alexandros’ house these tomatoes are then pasteurized and hand-packaged by village women as tomato purée and meals. Marketed as hand-picked heirloom tomatoes, the little jars are finding their way to the shelves of organic shops across the world.
The film follows these events as business takes off and this tiny hamlet opens its doors for business. This is 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 the epic compositions of operas of classical composer Richard Wagner (hence, the title) 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. It’s a perfect scheme, especially in a world of Whole Foods at every corner and the industrialization of organic produce. But, is it all a gimmick? Cue “Ride of the Valkyries.”
|Saturday 16||18:30 - 19:47||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
|Sunday 17||13:00 - 14:17||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
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