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“The Miracle of Tekir,” in Romanian cinemas from March 4

10 years after “Ryna,” film director Ruxandra Zenide resumes collaboration with actress Dorotheea Petre in “The Miracle of Tekir,” a Switzerland-Romania coproduction that focuses on a sensitive and uncomfortable topic: mysticism. In this film, Ruxandra Zenide creates a peculiar universe in which nature, in its mysterious and creative aspect, is a central character in the film.

The story of the film revolves around Mara (Dorotheea Petre), a 30-year-old woman known as a healer in her village, who treats villagers using the power of mud. When Mara becomes pregnant and tells those close to her that her pregnancy is due to mud, not to a man, the villagers accuse her of witchcraft and cast her away. She thus ends up at a clinic located in the Techirghiol Lake area, a spa centre for wealthy people. There she meets Lili (Elina Lowensohn), one of the hotel’s clients, a rich and beautiful woman that is staunchly trying to find a solution for her infertility. Gradually, the mysterious woman’s past and nature are starting to come to the surface, and Mara and her child are in danger.

Having had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival, “The Miracle of Tekir” was appreciated by the critics and the jury alike, winning the Best Swiss Film Award.

“The Miracle of Tekir” was filmed over a period of 32 days at the end of 2014 at the Mud Volcanoes in Buzau County and in Techirghiol, Constanta, Magura and Navodari in Constanta County.

The cast consists of Dorotheea Petre (the only Romanian actress for whom the Cannes Film Festival changed tradition, creating a special jury award for her incredible performance in “The Way I Spent the End of the World”), Bogdan Dumitrache (“Child’s Pose,” “Best Intentions,” “Loverboy”), Elina Lowensohn (Romanian-origin actress who was cast in films such as “Schindler’s List”, “Un long dimanche de fiancailles,” “The Wisdom of Crocodiles” with Jude Law and Timothy Spall) and George Pistereanu (“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” and “Loverboy”).

The production team includes cinematographer Helene Louvart, known for her work with Agnes Varda, Wim Wenders, Claire Denis and Leos Carax, and editor Nelly Quettier, known for her work with film directors Leos Carax and Claire Denis.

In Romania, “The Miracle of Tekir” will hit the silver screens on March 4 and will be distributed by Ultraviolet Media.

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