22nd Annual European Union Film Festival
Screening Dates
  • December 1, 2019 4:30

Uplifting and endearing.”

Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

Marianna Economou’s wonderful documentary is Greece’s official submission to the upcoming 92nd Oscars. Encircled by mountains, the plain of Thessaly has always provided food for Greek farmers. But recently the region has hit rock bottom due to the economic crisis. In the middle of the valley lies Elias, a farming village of 33 inhabitants, with no shops, no school, not even a priest. This is where a farmer named Christos has decided to turn over his land to the organic cultivation of tomatoes. In the back of his cousin’s house, the tomatoes are pasteurized and hand-packaged by village women as purée and meals. Soon, the little jars are finding their way to the shelves of organic shops across the world. A tale about an ordinary rural community where things begin to happen in an extraordinary way” (Berlinale 2019).