I Arpayi tis Persefonis (1956)

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One of the better-known Greek films of the period, this fantasy-tinged fable from director Grigoris Grigoriou is set in a mountainous village called Panohori which is too rocky to allow for farming. One thing the village does have is water, which nurtures the crops of the fertile nearby village of Katohori. The poor Panohori residents, led by recently graduated agriculturalist Pluto (Kostas Kazakos) ask for payment, but the rich people of Katohori decline, objecting to pay for the water which they believe is a gift from God. As might be expected, Pluto falls in love with Persephone (Mary Tsakalou), a Katohori girl whose mother Demetra (Aleka Katseli) is angry because the Panohori's have blocked the water flow, interfering with her plans to start a canning industry. Orestis Makris co-stars with Vassilis Diamandopoulos and the busy character actor Lavrentis Dianellos.