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by Ruxandra Zenide


Unmarried Mara has mysteriously fallen pregnant. This poses a problem for her fellow residents of the small fishing village on the Danube delta, where Europe’s second longest river enters the Black Sea, and religion mixes with superstition like earth with water. Expelled from her village, Mara finds employment at the nearby spa hotel ‘Europe’, where infertile women are treated with the sacred Danube mud. When her world collides with that of the well-to-do, eccentric cosmopolitan Lili, magic combines with power and tradition with modernity to become the answer to Lili’s desire to have children – and Mara’s ‘immaculate’ conception. Ruxandra Zenide’s enchanting second feature casts a poetic eye on a region where the poles of east and west and tradition, modern converge in an exemplary fashion. The film is also a wonderful homage to one of the most mysterious places on earth.

international title: The Miracle of Tekir
original title: Miracolul Din Tekir
country: Switzerland, Romania
sales agent: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Ruxandra Zenide
film run: 90'
screenplay: Ruxandra Zenide, Alex Iordachescu, Doina Rusti
cast: Elina Löwensohn, George Piştereanu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dorotheea Petre, Axel Moustache
cinematography by: Hélène Louvart
film editing: Nelly Quettier
costumes designer: Mihaela David
music: Aïcha Devi
producer: Alex Iordachescu
co-producer: Daniel Burlac
production: Elefant Films Sàrl, Elefant Film
distributor: Filmcoopi, Independenta Film
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