19/05/13Δελτίο ΤύπουΤην Κυριακή 19 Μαΐου 2013 ο Σύλλογος Αποφοίτων της Βαρβακείου Σχολής βράβευσε σε ειδική εκδήλωση στον κινηματογράφο ΝΙΡΒΑΝΑ τον σκηνοθέτη Γιάννη Σμαραγδή more
16/01/13GOD LOVES CAVIAR Film critic by Konstantinos Sotiropoulos more
16/01/13GOD LOVES CAVIAR http://www.intelligentlife.gr/FEATURES/GIANNIS-SMARAGDIS.html
16/01/13ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΣΜΑΡΑΓΔΗΣ: Ο ΠΙΟ ΔΗΜΟΦΙΛΗΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΗΣ ΤΟΥ 2012 Ο Γιάννης Σμαραγδής αναδείχθηκε ο πιο δημοφιλής Έλληνας καλλιτέχνης του 2012. Μετά από ψηφοφορία, κατά την οποία συμμετείχαν 10.122 αναγνώστες της ιστοσελίδας http://newpost.gr, ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς κατέλαβε την πρώτη θέση ως πιο δημοφιλής Έλληνας, ενώ από τους καλλιτέχνες αναδείχθηκε ο Γιάννης Σμαραγδής, σκηνοθέτης της πολυαγαπημένης από το κοινό ταινίας Ο Θεός Αγαπάει το Χαβιάρι. more
06/12/12GOD LOVES CAVIAR The pirate and the caviar The new film by Iannis Smaragdis, after its worldwide premiere in Toronto, is ready to launch in Greek theatres. The story of Greek navigator and benefactor of Greece and Russia, Ioannis Varvakis, is an epic tale that begins at the humble shores of the island of Psara – prior to the Greek rebellion against the Turks – reaches the court of Catherine the Great and the Russian steppes and ends in a war-torn Greece during the Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. more
06/12/12GOD LOVES CAVIAR By Mimis Tsakoniatis, Film Critic “They are children of many men, our words” Giorgos Seferis The film God Loves Caviar about Greek benefactor Ioannis Varvakis looks like the enigmatic male figure that is created by the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci: St. John the Baptist who, although eternal darkness envelops him like a deathly shroud, is radiant and smiling, with one hand on his heart while the other, the right one, points up, to the sky… But isn’t this the ingredient which is so obviously and distressfully missing from contemporary cinema? The creator’s regard towards the vital source… The divine. more
06/12/12From http://www.protothema.gr/blogs/blogger/post/?aid=232196 Thank you, Mr. Smaragdis It is true that God Loves Caviar wasn’t great. Smaragdis exaggerated greatly and apart from Sebastian Koch’s performance, all other portrayals did not come up to my expectations. Shall I take it a tad further? Performances by Papakaliatis and Lazopoulos were laughable and so was Kostas Sommer’s brief appearance, let alone the unacceptable dubbing of Iannis Vouros and other Greek cast members. Having fractional knowledge in cinema and theatre, I can honestly say that God Loves Caviar would never be included in the pantheon of the great European productions or be compared to Tarkovskiy, Goddard, Kusturica, Wenders; not even to our very own Angelopoulos. But one place it would definitely take center stage would be in our hearts. more
06/12/12From http://r-u-sirius.net/main1/index.php/psixagogia/o-theos-agapaei-to-xaviari GOD LOVES CAVIAR by Iannis Smaragdis The best film I have seen in the last 10 or so years. It is a film with a lot of Soul, something that has been forgotten by all the acerbic reviews of the so called “expert critics”. Having a soul means to give, listen, envision, have a purpose, be willing and loving, follow the Path of one’s soul wholeheartedly, believe in one’s choices and open the door to the future; a future defined by the pureness of one’s vision, not giving in to the fear that lurks behind the door of arrogance… more
21/11/12Box Office Our film God Loves Caviar has become a box office success, having reached so far 310.000 admissions. It was number one in the local box office for 3 consecutive weeks and fell into 2nd position during its 4th week, where SKYFALL took over. The film is still playing in theatres across Greece.
21/11/12The guardian: God Loves Caviar serves up a hero in Greece's hour of need O Theos agapaei to haviari, the epic story of sailor, entrepreneur and national hero Ioannis Varvakis, has triumphed at the box office in dark times for the country's self-worth
22/10/12Reviews http://r-u-sirius.net/main1/index.php/psixagogia/o-theos-agapaei-to-xaviari http://www.cinemad.gr/content/view/2531/7/ http://news.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_civ_2_11/10/2012_498281 http://www.protothema.gr/blogs/blogger/post/?aid=232196 http://www.aixmi.gr/index.php/theosagapaeiellhnikocinema/ http://www.aixmi.gr/index.php/giannhsmaragdh/ http://r-u-sirius.net/main1/index.php/psixagogia/o-theos-agapaei-to-xaviari http://www.cretalive.gr/new/114964/synergates/M.Basilakis_Oi_duo_kakoi_pou...den_antipatheis http://www.cretalive.gr/new/117607/synergates/M.Tsakoniatis_O_Theos_agapaei_to_chabiari http://www.intelligentlife.gr/AGENDA/cinema/O-THEOS-AGAPAEI-TO-CHAVIARI.html http://www.axortagos.gr/samaras-agapaei-xaviari.html http://www.tovima.gr/blogs/article/?aid=481577
12/10/12What Manolis Vasilakis (architect) said about the film at cretalive.gr “The film God loves Caviar, concentrates all the characteristics of a fairy tale: piracies, wars, heroisms, feats comparable to those of Hercules, journeys in exotic countries, an empress and lots of wealth. In addition, Smaragdis structures the film in such way so that the story to be shown as a narration of Varvakis’ slave to a group of kids in Zakinthos. What I observed were a couple of things. Firstly, Ioannis Varvakis, despite he is unknown to us, compared to our fellow man Domikos Theotokopoulos, he managed to impress us. He is demonstrated as a real philosopher of life, who, even though illiterate, showed braveness, determination and generosity. He was a true national benefactor. Secondly, the “bad guys” presented in both films (Greco & Varvakis) have all very kind countenances. Smaragdis lets the audience to judge a persona by his actions and not because of his invidious looks.”
4/10/12What Mimis Androulakis (writer) said about the film at Vima Fm “Well… Iannis Smargdis is from Crete, you know.. Did you see what the man did, where did he find the money, how did he manage, well done to Iannis, he made an amazing work. What an amazing work, Iannis did, god bless him and well done. He has that Kazantzakis spirit inside him and he is also very organized. It takes a massive effort to do what he did. To show to everyone the pirate and benefactor Varvakis, an impressive work. We need to bring Iannis here one day, you should invite him here to speak with him. He is a wonderful person. He is a true narrator and a story teller. All Cretans are story tellers.”
2/10/12What Christos Panagiotopoulos (Director of News at Mega Channel) said about the film at aixmi.gr “What I need to bring up about this film is Smaragdis’ magical aura that transferred us back to those days; he showed us incredible images and built amazingly strong characters. Sebastian Koch’s performance was exquisite. Deneuve demonstrated majesty along with simplicity. John Cleese and Juan Diego Botto were wonderful. Lakis Lazopoulos had maybe the best part in his film career. I would like to thank Iannis Smaragdis in public, because he sends a message to the world. A message of this other, different Greece. The creative, inspiring, honest and moral one. He shows that Greece has a conscience of history, that Greece fights for its future. Even if this country has become poorer, thankfully, there are still personalities that lift it up high. Smaragdis sends an important message to Greeks. Varvakis gave everything for his country! What do the rich people of this country do nowadays for this country, besides looking for their personal wallet? Where are the modern national benefactors hidden?”
2/10/12The Greek Premiere of the new epic film «God Loves Caviar» by Iannis Smaragdis, was spectacular On Monday, the 1st of October, a few days prior to its theatre release and following its successful worldwide premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, the much anticipated film “God Loves Caviar” premiered in Greece, in the crowded Athens Concert Hall, where all guests were warmly welcomed by the director Iannis Smaragdis and the Managing Director of Feelgood Entertainment, Irene Souganidou. more
13/9/12God Loves Caviar at Tiff 2012The 1st official worldwide screening of God Loves Caviar at the Toronto International Film Festival has truly thrilled the audience. Here is the clip with all the warm comments and kind thoughts from the audience, right after the official screening of God Loves Caviar at the Toronto Festival. Link of youtube
31/8/12PRESS KITMake click and enjoy the press kit of the film GOD LOVES CAVIAR! PRESS KIT
27/8/12“God Loves Caviar” in Toronto International Film FestivalTo its great honor, the new epic tale by Iannis Smaragdis “God Loves Caviar” is invited to officially participate and have its world premiere screening in the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 on the 13th of September, along with some of the greatest films of the world cinema. The film «God Loves Caviar», demonstrates exactly what it advocates, that «everything is possible», as it has managed to be completed, despite the dire circumstances our country is facing and begin its international journey, by spreading the Greek values that so much need to be surfaced, nowadays. http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2012/godlovescaviar
5/7/12Press Release Following the major artistic and box office success of the film El Greco, Iannis Smaragdis takes on a new epic tale about Greece’s great benefactor, Ioannis Varvakis. God Loves Caviar is the compelling story of Ioannis Varvakis, who started off as a pirate in the Aegean sea, reached the court of Catherine the Great in Russia and the shores of the Caspian Sea, and became a very wealthy businessman by establishing an international caviar trade. However, his ambition was met with many a tragedy, until he eventually decided to donate his entire fortune in the name of love. He returned to Greece, which was then torn by civil unrest, during the Revolution of 1821. more
2/7/12Teaser Release Release of the teaser of the much anticipated film God Loves Caviar, exclusively through www.flix.gr. The teaser will be released in theatres on the 12th of July 2012.
1/6/12 Release Date The film God Loves Caviar is scheduled to be released in movie theatres in Greece on 11 October 2012.
14/5/12 Filming completed The filming for the film God Loves Caviar was completed on Friday 14 May 2012.