The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

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    The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

    To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón

    Directed by

    Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

    2019

    121 min

    • Greek

    Drama

    In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago and now living a joyless, hung-over life; Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. When a sudden death upsets the town and turns the local community upside-down, the two women who had been ignoring each other’s existence begin drifting towards each other. As the secrets hidden in the swamps begin to surface, they will have a chance to become each other’s saviours.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Angeliki Papoulia
    Youla Boudali
    Christos Passalis
    Argyris Xafis
    Thanasis Dovris
    Screenplay
    Youla Boudali
    Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Cinematography
    Petrus Sjövik
    Editing
    Andreas Wodraschke
    Music
    Jean-Paul Wall
    drog_A_tek
    Phoebus
    Production
    HOMEMADE FILMS
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

    Press

    There’s intriguing visual play on the theme of heaven and hell, with the Missolonghi lagoon bringing a flavour of US thriller.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Scenes of Elisabeth's dreams, which overlap and mix with those of Rita's, with their biblical imagery and unique visual style, transcend the film's primary themes and add a mystical layer.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Syllas Tzoumerkas

    Syllas Tzoumerkas

    Greece

    What the melodrama does, is to force us, through the excess use of passion, of emotional extortion, to see the truth.

    Syllas Tzoumerkas (1978, Greece) studied theatre, film directing and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He has directed short films including THE DEVOURING EYES (Cinéfondation, 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), TV documentaries and the feature films HOMELAND (International Critics’ Week, 2010 Venice Film Festival) A BLAST (International Competition, 2014 Locarno International Film Festival) and THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (Panorama section, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival).

    Selected Filmography