Director: Kostas Ferris
Writer: Kostas Ferris, Sotiria Leonardou
Director of Photography: Takis Zervoulakos
Editing: Yianna Spyropoulou
Music: Stavros Xarchakos
Production: Kostas Ferris, Giorgos Zervoulakos
Country of Production: Greece
Runtime: 110 min
Production Year: 1983
Language: Greek
Subtitles: English

Cast: Sotiria Leonardou, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Michalis Maniatis, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Themis Bazaka


Smyrna, 1919: Adrianna, the wife of the rebeti singer Panagis, will give birth to little Marika. Their relationship is not good and in one of their fights Panagis accidentally kills Adrianna. Years later, Marika meets Giannis, who juggles Juan, and they have a child. After the birth of the child, the magician Juan, seeing that his work has not passed, decides to leave Greece.

Marika will return to her old neighborhood, where she will start singing in the famous rebetika of Thomas, along with her childhood friend and violinist Giorgakis, and the bouzouki star Babis. The years are difficult but Marika, learned in difficult and stubborn ways, will manage to become the greatest diva of rebetiko song.

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Kostas Ferris

He was born in Cairo in 1935. He is a Greek director, playwright, screenwriter, music producer, film theorist, journalist, television presenter, and sometimes... actor and singer!

His family has Cypriot and Lebanese (from the Lahoud family) origins. His education was oriented towards the international horizon, but based on his Greek roots. He studied at the Abetios School and the Drama School of Takis Tsakonas in Cairo, at the Higher School of Cinematography in Athens, and continued his studies with stages at Nanterre and the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957 he settled in Greece, during his exile in Paris (1967-1973), working closely with the French director (and friend since 1962) Jean-Daniel Polet. With him he actively participates in his movement May 1968.

During this time he also met Volker Schloendorf, Werner Hertzog, Barbet Schroeder, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Ruy Guerra, Anatole and Pascale Dauman and others. The script of a film (Le Sang), an opera (L' Opéra des oiseaux) and a rock-oratorio (666 Apocalypse)) seal his Parisian period. After his return to Greece in 1973, he directed the films The Murderess (1974) Prometheus in second person (1975), Two moons in August (1978), Rebetiko (1983) where it won the Silver Bear Berlin Festival 1984, the Special Jury Prize Valencia Festival 1984 and the Grand Prix Alexandria Festival 1985 and Oh Babylon (1988), as well as nine television series, with a total duration of about 120 hours, for Greek television, as well as more than 80 hours of music programs, documentaries, educational and research films.