The Miracle of Tekir in production
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Ruxandra Zenide’s second feature will wrap in December
Almost a decade after her debut feature, Ryna [+see also:
film profile], Ruxandra Zenide is shooting her new project, The Miracle of Tekir [+see also:
film profile]. Production started in October and is expected to wrap in the first week of December. Produced by Switzerland’s Elefant Films and co-produced by Romania’s Elefant Film, The Miracle of Tekir already has distribution partners in the two countries.
The screenplay, written by Zenide, follows the story of Mara (Dorotheea Petre, from The Way I Spent the End of the World [+see also:
film profile]). She lives in a small village in the Danube Delta and treats the ailing fishermen there with the miraculous mud found in the area. When she becomes pregnant and tells the villagers that it is not a man but the mud that is responsible for her pregnancy, she is banished from the village. She finds a job at a hotel spa, where she meets Lili (Elina Löwensohn), a rich, sophisticated woman who will alter the course of Mara’s destiny.
Zenide says she wants to explore this corner of Europe “where East meets West through the wild, indomitable lands, with small communities, with fewer and fewer people left behind because the youngsters go elsewhere, to the immediate vicinity, where modern civilisation flourishes, replacing tradition with technology and Occidental pragmatism”. The two main characters represent the two different worlds.
Bogdan Dumitrache (Child’s Pose [+see also:
interview: Calin Peter Netzer
film profile]) will play the priest in Mara’s village, while George Piştereanu (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle [+see also:
interview: Ada Condeescu
film profile]) will play Julio, a young man who works at the spa where Mara meets Lili. The film’s DoP is Hélène Louvart.