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Elisabeth is police chief of the Greek coastal town of Mesolongi. When she speaks, it sounds like angry barking. She drinks too much, constantly swears and is sleeping with a married doctor. Her transfer from Athens to this small fishing village ten years ago still rankles with her. Her adolescent son Dimitris is all too familiar with his mother’s moods. If she overdoes it after a shared dinner in a bar, he goes home. Rita comes from Mesolongi and works in a factory; her brother is something of a local celebrity. He sometimes makes her join him on stage during his club appearances. Rita is also deeply dissatisfied. But then a death tears apart the already fragile network of relationships between the villagers, revealing an even more damaged structure beneath. Syllas Tzoumerkas’s third film portrays an extraordinary policewoman in the shape of Elisabeth. His protagonist is bulky, frustrated and ungracious. Angeliki Papoulia’s brilliant performance and the surprisingly shocking plot of To Thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea) means we are served up a small-town nightmare garnished with eels and several layers of interpretation.

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 in the 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. He also co-wrote the scripts for Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ film Suntan (2016) and Ahmad Ghossein’s All This Victory (2019).









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Syllas Tzoumerkas


Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Youla Boudali, Argyris Xafis


Greece / Germany / Netherlands / Sweden


121 mins


Greek with German subtitles