When Tomatoes Met Wagner

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.

  • OSCARS 2020 – contender for the Best International Feature Film Award
  • Best Documentary award of the Hellenic Film Academy

Greek title: Όταν ο Βάγκνερ Συνάντησε τις Ντομάτες


  • DIRECTOR Marianna Economou
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY Marianna Economou, Argyris Tsepelikas, Dimitris Kordelas
  • EDITING Evgenia Papageorgiou
  • PRODUCERS Spiros Mavrogenis (Stefi/Lynx), Rea Apostolidou & Yuri Averof (ANEMON)
  • IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH Cosmote TV and the Greek Film Centre
  • WITH THE SUPPORT OF Creative Europe, 235, ERT