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The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón

Greek Weird Wave auteur Syllas Tzoumerkas returns with a visually dazzling, narratively dizzying and genre-defying murder mystery set in a depressed seaside town.

Dir Syllas Tzoumerkas
Prod Maria Drandaki
Scr Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
With Angeliki Papoulia, Youla Boudali, Christos Passalis
Greece-Germany-Netherlands-Sweden
2019
121min
Sales New Europe Film Sales
With English subtitles

City cop Elisabeth (Angeliki Papoulia) is caught up in a botched Athens bust and exiled to the remote town of Mesolongi, where she is now the local police chief. After an apparent suicide shakes the town, Elisabeth is plunged into a sleazy and violent conspiracy involving a vicious club owner, his depressed sister and an assortment of bent officials and hard-living locals. Combining an extravagant visual style, including flashes of surreal and perverse religious imagery, this singular vision from Tzoumerkas (who co-wrote Suntan) is certainly not for the faint hearted. Violent and explicit, fiercely committed to its own oblique narrative and nightmarish imagery, Tzoumerkas’ film cements his status as one of the most exciting young directors to emerge from the thriving Greek film scene.

Paul Ridd

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Syllas Tzoumerkas, director; Youla Boudali, screenwriter.

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This is a 18+ screening.

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