The Man with the Carnation (1980)


The Man with the Carnation (1980)
O anthropos me to garyfallo (original title)

The story of Nikos Belogiannis member of the communist party and officer of Ellas that has come back to Greece only to get arrested, tried for espionage on behalf of Russia and executed. A photograph of his bearing a carnation has circulated internationally and gives the name of the film.
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Director Nikos Tzimas
Writer Tasos Lertas
Writer Potis Paraskevopoulos
Writer Nikos Tzimas
Release Date1980-11-23
Runtime2h 5mins
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Content Rating
Awards3 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyArma Films
LanguageGreek, English
Georgios Kartalis
Major Georgios Papadopoulos
Nikolaos Plastiras
Foivos Gikopoulos
Foivos Gikopoulos
Nikos Belogiannis
Kostas Arzoglou
Kostas Arzoglou
Anestis Vlahos
Anestis Vlahos
Giannis Katranis
Giannis Katranis
Spyros Konstadopoulos
Spyros Konstadopoulos
Tasos Lertas
Tasos Lertas
Mirka Papakonstantinou
Mirka Papakonstantinou
Elli Ioannidou

The Man with the Carnation

The Man with the Carnation (Greek: Ο άνθρωπος με το γαρύφαλλο, translit. O anthropos me to garyfallo) is a 1980 Greek drama film directed by Nikos Tzimas, dealing with the arrest, trial and execution of the Greek Communist Nikos Belogiannis and his associates in 1951–1952.

It was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Diploma. The film was also selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 54th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


  • Alekos Alexandrakis as Minister Georgios Kartalis
  • Angelos Antonopoulos as Tom
  • Kostas Kazakos
  • Vangelis Kazan as Major Georgios Papadopoulos, member of the court martial and future dictator
  • Petros Fyssoun
  • Manos Katrakis as Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras
  • Foivos Gikopoulos as Nikos Belogiannis
  • Costas Arzoglou
  • Anestis Vlahos as Apostolos