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The Pirate (2012)

O Theos agapaei to haviari (original title)
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The Greek pirate who turned businessman, Ioannis Varvakis, made his fortune selling caviar in Russia and all over the world. Varvakis strives all his life for freedom for himself and then for his country.


Yannis Smaragdis





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Koch ... Varvakis
Evgeniy Stychkin ... Ivan
Juan Diego Botto ... Lefentarios
Olga Sutulova ... Helena
John Cleese ... McCormick
Catherine Deneuve ... Empress Catherine II of Russia
Marisha Triantafyllidou ... Maria (as Marissa Triandafyllidou)
Akis Sakellariou ... Kimon
Christopher Papakaliatis Christopher Papakaliatis ... Ekaterini the Great's counselor (as Christoforos Papakaliatis)
Alexandra Sakelaropoulou ... Varvakis' Mother
Fotini Baxevani
Lakis Lazopoulos ... Fisherman of God
Pavlos Kontoyannidis
Alexandros Mylonas ... Temporary Prime Minister
Giannis Vouros ... Businessman A (as Yannis Vouros)


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. Written by mike

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16 January 2013 | by moschoumargaritaSee all my reviews

One of the best films I have seen in my life!! Congratulations to everyone involved!

I found the direction wonderful, the costumes and sets were amazingly done and captured the era to a T!

Sebastian Koch was immaculate in his role of Ioannis Varvakis. I believe it was one of his best roles of his career. Ivan's performance was exceptional, and Marisha Triantafyllidou as Varvakis' daughter really impressed me.

As for the music, it was beautifully composed, it touched my heart deeply and it really filled up the film.

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Release Date:

11 October 2012 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aegina, Greece See more »


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EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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