Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’

Variety | 2/21/2019 | Christopher Vourlias
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After a sudden suicide turns a small eel-farming town upside down, an investigation unearths troubling secrets about the town’s past. Those discoveries will bring together two women trapped in solitary lives, offering each a chance to find salvation.

“The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the third feature by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas. Starring frequent Yorgos Lanthimos collaborator Angeliki Papoulia (“Dogtooth,” “The Lobster”) and Youla Boudali (“In the Fade”), the film will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

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Taking its name from the mysterious region of the North Atlantic, a swirling gyre of deep-blue water bounded by four ocean currents, “The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the story of two women dreaming of escape.

Their arduous emotional journey echoes a remarkable natural phenomenon, when eels in Europe and North America reaching sexual maturity leave their habitats and swim hundreds of miles to lay their eggs in the Sargasso. “This kind of transformation that you need to do in order to fulfill your potential became a core parable for us,” said Tzoumerkas. “That’s a huge journey that is very painful. They change their whole bodies. They transform.”

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