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.
Half Swiss and half Romanian, Ruxandra Zenide was born in Bucharest. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in International Affairs at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales (IUHEI) from Geneva, she continued studying film directing at the New York University (USA) and at FAMU Prague (Czech Republic). Her first feature film, RYNA, has received multiple awards in festivals all around the world. THE MIRACLE OF TEKIR is her second feature film. Awarded the “Swiss Talent Award”.
The Miracle of Tekir is in Romanian with English subtitles.
Length: 88 min; Cast: Dorotheea Petre, Elina Löwensohn, Bogdan Dumitrache
This UK premiere is part of The 14th Romanian Film Festival, organised by Profusion International. Full programme to be announced soon.
Ramona Mitrica and Mike Phillips, co-directors of Profusion, will introduce the film and present the new festival format.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A which will also discuss the subject of Brexit and its implications for film festival funding. Panel discussion features: Ruxandra Zenide (Miracle of Tekir director), Alex Iordachescu (Miracle of Tekir producer), Ramona Mitrica (Director, Romanian Film Festival), Agnieszka Moody (Director, Creative Europe Desk UK), Ian Haydn Smith (host)
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