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Love under the Date-Tree


1 hour 22 minutes – 1990 – Comedy, Romance

Panagiotis and Giannis are two good friends, but also rivals in love. The first is a merchant and the second is a violinist; one is tall and slim, and the other is short and fat; one is bossy, the other one is mild. Bot make an inimitable comic couple, wandering in the Peloponnese, looking for a date tree that will prove the innocence or guilt of the wife of one of them and possibly love of the other. They are guided by an old photograph depicting Panagiotis’ wife, Maria, in the arms of Giannis, under a date tree. However, in the area of their search, there are no date trees.


Argyris Bakirtzis
Lazaros Andreou
Dora Masklavanou
Vina Asiki
Christos Vakalopoulos
Vicky Psaltidou
Maria Thanoglou


DIRECTOR: Stavros Tsiolis
SCREENPLAY:Stavros Tsiolis
(based on a story by Demetres Kehaidis)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Vassilis Kapsouros
EDITING: Costas Iordanidis
MUSIC: Pavlos Papadopoulos, Stamatis Spanoudakis
SETS: Antonis Kioukas
COSTUMES: Antonis Kioukas
SOUND: Thanassis Arvanitis, Sotiris Pereas,
Costas Poulantzas


“Love Under the Date Tree” is a comment on melancholy, loneliness and death, with an amazing comic-tragic couple (Argyris Bakirtzis, Lazaros Andreou) that alludes, and in terms of its ending, to that other, equally heartbreaking, Ratso Rizzo–Midnight Cowboy, and he wanders in a frosty and exquisitely recorded Greek province, dotted, you dare say, with the lonely “Women” of Kostas Ouranis. Comedy? Yes, if life is the interval between two deaths, as the old scrapbooks used to say.

Achilleas Kyriakides – OTHONI

Best Film
Best Actor (Lazaros Andreou)

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