God Loves Caviar is the compelling story of IOANNIS VARVAKIS, and his journey from humble Greek pirate to international caviar millionaire, with the ear of Catherine the Great of Russia. His wealth and power, however, do not give him contentment, and his boundless ambition only brings suffering, until he gives everything away, including himself, in the name of love. This epic tale, based on Varvakis’ real life, moves from the Greek island of Psara to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia and the shores of the Caspian Sea, and then back to Greece, a country torn by civil war and the fight for independence, during the Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. God Loves Caviar features larger than life real personalities and colorful characters; dramatic events which changed history; success, failure, suffering and elation; spectacle, suspense and poetry. How can we tell the story of a man’s life? What makes a hero? What makes a good person? Do we choose our own path in life or is a higher power guiding our steps? And can any one of us ever truly be free?
«Ο ΘΕΟΣ ΑΓΑΠΑΕΙ ΤΟ ΧΑΒΙΑΡΙ», σε σκηνοθεσία Γιάννη Σμαραγδή, πραγματεύεται την ιστορία του ΙΩΑΝΝΗ ΒΑΡΒΑΚΗ, ενός πειρατή που γίνεται ζάμπλουτος έμπορος χαβιαριού και δεν σταματά να αγωνίζεται ενάντια σε κάθε εμπόδιο για την απόκτηση χρήματος, εξουσίας και πολιτικής επιρροής, για να χαρίσει στο τέλος όλα του τα υπάρχοντα στο όνομα της αγάπης. Η επική αυτή ιστορία, βασίζεται στην πραγματική ζωή του Ιωάννη Βαρβάκη και ξεκινά από τα Ψαρά του Αιγαίου Πελάγους, φτάνει στην αυλή της Μεγάλης Αικατερίνης στην Ρωσία, απλώνεται στις ακτές της Κασπίας Θάλασσας για να καταλήξει στην διχασμένη από εμφύλιες διαμάχες Ελλάδα, κατά την Επανάσταση του του 1821.
Biography/Filmography:Iannis Smaragdis was born in Crete in 1946. He studied Film in Greece and France. He made his first appearance in 1972 with the short film Two Three Things..., which received the first prize at the Athens Film Festival, as well as a Special Mention at the Montreal Film Festival. Iannis Smaragdis’ career has been full of creativity and counts many successes. His most significant features are Cavafy (1996) and El Greco (2007). They were both very successful and award-winning films that participated in many international festivals, the most significant being the Toronto International Film Festival. On television, he touched the hearts of audiences with his Good night to you, Kyr Alexandre in 1980.In 1988 he directed the 13-episode series Hush… Our Country is Sleeping…, which is considered the best TV series since the beginning of television broadcasting in Greece. Iannis Smaragdis has directed many more TV series, such as Hadjimanuel (1984) and Les Enfants Gates (2001). He has also directed documentaries and essays: Spyros Louis (2004), I’ve brought to art (1998), Thus spake the city (1990-1993), to name a few. In 2007 he directed Opera of Shadows at the Athens Concert Hall. During 2011 and 2012, he has been preparing his new film God Loves Caviar. Shooting has completed and the project is now in post-production.