The Red River (Greek: Το Κόκκινο Ποτάμι, Romanized: To Kokkino Potami) is a Greek-language historical television series, directed by Manousos Manousakis for Open TV in 2019,[1] to 2023 [2] based on the homonymous historical novel by Charis Tsirkinidis, and concerns real events surrounding the Greek Genocide.

To Kokkino Potami
Created byCharis Tsirkinidis
Written by
Directed byManousos Manousakis
  • Ioannis Papazisis
  • Anastasia Pantousi
  • Tania Tripi
  • Konstantinos Kazakos
  • Takis Vamvakidis
  • Tatiana Papamoschou
  • Argiris Pantazaras
  • Chara Mata Giannatou
Theme music composerChristos Papadopoulos
Opening themeKokkino Potami performed by Eleonora Zouganeli
Ending themeKokkino Potami performed by Eleonora Zouganeli
Country of originGreece
Original languages
  • Greek
  • Turkish
  • Russian
  • French
  • German
  • Armenian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes59
Production locations
  • Greece
  • France
  • Russia
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time41-44 minutes
Production companyTelekinisi S.A.
Original release
NetworkOpen TV
Release6 October 2019 (2019-10-06) –
10 June 2023 (2023-06-10)

This is the most expensive production in the history of Greek television with a total cost of over 4 million euros.

On October 6, 2019, Open TV started broadcasting To Kokkino Potami every Sunday at 9:00pm. It continued on May 24, 2020, after the break because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece, at 10:00pm. The last episode was broadcast on July 13, 2020.[3]

Starred by Ioannis Papazisis, Anastasia Pantousi, Tania Tripi, Konstantinos Kazakos, Takis Vamvakidis, Tatiana Papamoschou, Argiris Pantazaras and Chara Mata Giannatou.[4][5][6][7]

Plot edit

The series is about a love story at the beginning of the 20th century, during the years of persecution of the Greeks of Pontus by the Ottoman Empire. The story begins in the town of Akdağmadeni in the Prefecture of Ankara, in May 1895, when the family of Georgios Pavlidis is engaged to their 9-year-old son, Miltos, to the 7-year-old Iphigenia, daughter of Michalis Nikolaidis.

An engagement of expediency, as was customary at that time, as, according to Muslim law, if a girl was engaged, she was considered dishonored and was not allowed to become a Muslim woman. The attacks of the fanatical Turks forced the two families to leave their place, with the Pavlidis family settling in Samsun and the Nikolaidis family in Constantinople. The two young people met by chance again in Constantinople, after 11 years and, without knowing the family relationship that binds them, they fell in love.[8]

Cast edit

Main edit

  • Ioannis Papazisis as Miltiadis "Miltos" Pavlidis
  • Anastasia Pantousi as Iphigenia Nikolaidi/Ayşe Yildirim/Ayşe Ömeroğlu
  • Tania Tripi as Sofia Nikolaidi
  • Konstantinos Kazakos as Michalis Nikolaidis
  • Takis Vamvakidis as Georgios Pavlidis
  • Tatiana Papamoschou as Evgenia Pavlidi
  • Argiris Pantazaras as Themistoklis "Themis" Pavlidis
  • Chara Mata Giannatou as Vasiliki Ioannadi/Vasiliki Pavlidi
  • Giorgis Tsampourakis as Commandant Ali Ömeroğlu/Ilias
  • Stefanos Kiriakidis as Metropolitan Theoklitos
  • Sotiris Chatzakis as Basil Zaharoff
  • Dimitris Drosos as Mehmet Kartal
  • Kostas Xykominos as Onur Aslan
  • Lampros Ktenavos as Osman Poiraz
  • Thodoris Frantzeskos as Kerem Kartal
  • Giorgos Chaleplis as Mutasarrıf of Samsun
  • Dimitra Vitta as Arin
  • Pavlina Zachra as Lusin
  • Dimitra Sigala as Eleni Nikolaidi
  • Sotiris Tsakomidis as Oguz
  • Gerasimos Skiadaresis as Sultan Abdul Hamid II

Also main edit

  • Kelli Giakoumaki as Irini Nikolaidi/Ipek
  • Alexandros Moukanos as Teacher Ioannadis
  • Evri Sofroniadou as Melike Ömeroğlu
  • Giannis Thomas as Nedim Ömeroğlu
  • Giorgos Frintzilas as Archimandrite Grigorios
  • Konstantinos Tsiomidis as Panagiotis "Panaetas" Ioannadis
  • Spyros Sideris as Konstantinos "Kostis" Karapesidis
  • Sofia Alexanian as Domna Sachanidou
  • Petra Mavridi as Chara Mavridou
  • Panagos Ioakeim as Father Eytixios
  • Dimitris Tsolakis as Mustafa
  • Petros Xekoukis as Hotza
  • Giorgos Amoutzas as Lefteris Karakostas
  • Stathis Nikolaidis as Vali in Erzurum
  • Aias Manthopoulos as Emir
  • Anna Manta as Fatma
  • Memos Koen as Turkish refugee
  • Spyros Stamoulis as Murat, flag lieutenant of Vali
  • Dimitris Georgiadis as Russian officer
  • Aggelos Andriopoulos as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Andreas Voulgaris as Athanasios Spatharis
  • Giorgos Giannoutsos as Argiris

Other cast edit

  • Dimitris Ontos
  • Dafni Manousou
  • Dimitris Topalidis
  • Stefanos Papatrechas
  • Thanasis Sarantos
  • Kostas Piperidis
  • Nikolas Pantazis
  • Giannis Papaioannou
  • Giannis Zografos
  • Olga Skiadaresi
  • Giorgos Katsoulas
  • Konstantinos Peslis
  • Christos Ntovas
  • Kostas Gerantonis
  • Marina Liggouri
  • Andriani Tountopoulou
  • Panagiotis Tsitsas
  • Christina Mantesi
  • Dimitris Tsolakis
  • Pantelis Dentakis
  • Giorgos Karaxanidis
  • Giannis Katsampas
  • Giorgos Chionidis
  • Anthoula Eykarpidou
  • Eva Argirou
  • Aggeliki Kintoni
  • Lida Samouilidou
  • Sumela Artavani

Filming locations edit

Most of the indoors scenes were made in studios. Some scenes were shot in St. Petersburg, Russia and Paris, France. Despite much of the series being set in Pontus, Turkey many scenes that include the town of Sampsounta (Samsun) were filmed in the old town of Xanthi, in northern Greece while others were made in Trikala and Veria. Also a few scenes that include Pontians that were hanged, were shot at the former retirement home in Athens (Gyrokomeio). Also it is noted that the scenes set on the platforms of the Paris train station Gare du Nord were most probably filmed in the main railway station of Athens, Larissa Station. A fun fact is that a goat appeared while making the series and it was adopted by one of the actors who named it Potamaki.

References edit

  1. ^ Κόκκινο Ποτάμι: Συγκίνηση για την αποψινή πρεμιέρα της υπερπαραγωγής του Open. Έθνος (in Greek). 2019-10-06. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  2. ^ {{cite web}}: External link in |last= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Τηλεθέαση: Πρωτιά για το "Κόκκινο Ποτάμι" - Σάρωσε στην πρεμιέρα. News247. 7 October 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  4. ^ Κόκκινο ποτάμι: Τα αληθινά πρόσωπα πίσω από τους ήρωες (Photos). (in Greek). January 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Μανουσάκης στο Έθνος για το «Κόκκινο Ποτάμι»: Από την ιστορία αναγνωρίζουμε την ταυτότητά μας. Έθνος (in Greek). 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  6. ^ Το κόκκινο ποτάμι | About. 2020-01-21.
  7. ^ Αυτοί οι ηθοποιοί θα πρωταγωνιστήσουν στη σειρά του Μανουσάκη στο Open. Metrosport. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Το Κόκκινο Ποτάμι: H avant premiere της υπερπαραγωγής που ξεκινά την Κυριακή (pics+vid)". Έθνος (in Greek). 2019-10-03. Retrieved 2020-01-21.

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