To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago who now lives a joyless, hung-over life; Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. When a sudden death upsets the town and turns the local community upside-down, the two women who had been ignoring each other’s existence begin drifting towards each other. As the secrets hidden in the swamps begin to surface, they will have a chance to become each other’s saviors.

Director's Biography
Syllas Tzoumerkas
Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1978. He writes, directs and is an actor in film and theatre. His debut feature film, “Homeland”, premiered at Venice Critics’ Week in 2010 and went on to screen at international film festivals. His second feature, “A Blast”, premiered at Locarno and was shown at over 80 festivals worldwide.

Film Selection: To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, 2019) - A Blast (2014, CE'15) - Homeland (2010)
European Panorama Fiction 2019
Syllas Tzoumerkas
Greece / Germany / Netherlands / Sweden 2019
121 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Cinematography Petrus Sjövik
Editing Andreas Wodraschke
Sound/Sounddesign Felix Siewert
Music Jean-Paul Wall, drog_A_tek, Phoebus
With Angeliki Papoulia, Youla Boudali, Christos Passalis, Argyris Xafis, Thanasis Dovris, Laertis Malkotsis, Maria Filini, Michalis Kimonas, Christian Culbida, Michalis Mathioudakis
Producer(s) Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Olle Wirenhed, Anthony Muir
Homemade Films, unafilm, PRPL, Kakadua Filmproduktion, Film I Väst
World Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2019
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2019

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere