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The Miracle of Tekir (2015)

Miracolul din Tekir (2015)

88 min. - Drama - AP 12 - 04.03.2016


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 ‘Tekir’, 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.

Director: Ruxandra Zenide

Writer: Ruxandra Zenide

Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Bogdan Dumitrache, Elina Löwensohn, George Piștereanu

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Produced By

A Romanian – Swiss co-production. Elephant Films(Switzerland)
With the support of: CNC, Biroul Federal de Cultură DFI (Elveția), Eurimages, Cineforom, Loteria Romande, Suissimage, Pour Cent Culturel, Migros, Zenith Media

Production info

The project wins the Romanian Film Center contest in the 2013 session and is credited 71000 lei.
Estimated budget-1 500 000 euro.
Shootings took place for 32 days end of 2014 in Buzau district, at the Muddy Volcanoes and in the Constanta district: Techirghiol, Constanta(the Casino), Magura , Navodari 


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Festivals, Awards

  1. 2015 - Zürich - Emerging Swiss Talent Award


  • The Romanian poster is created by Good Hands
  • International premiere: September 26, 2015 at Zurich Film Festival 
Ruxandra Zenide, the film’s director:
“ For me this film represents a metaphor of creation. Where there is creation there is mystery, faith, hope”
 Dorotheea Petre, actress in the main part:
“Mara functions as a catalyst for each character’s spiritual becoming”
 Elina Lowensohn, actress,  about the film:
“ When I first read the screenplay I was immediately caught by character’s Mara route in the plot.She crosses the visible and invisible world confronting Lily(my character) with her own certitudes.As an actor, you have to trust other possibilities, multiple realities, imaginary ones….”
“ I trusted Ruxandra. Her universe is a mysterious  but also rigorous one. It’s like a dream we had and we try to render and to integrate in a certain reality, leaving the intangible aspects behind. I like it that this film explores a possible reality very far from a kind of naturalism that for me sometimes sounds fake”

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