A Blast

Maria is on the run. Behind her, fire and a briefcase full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before, she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today, she has gone rogue. Set in the fervent years of the collapse of the Greek economy, A BLAST tells the story of a generation’s disillusionment and radicalization. Maria starts her adult life with the best of intentions. Ten years after, no matter where she looks, her world is cracking up. Unwilling to reconcile with a life of unreciprocated care, lost dignity, and broken-down desire to live, Maria attacks.

Director's Biography
Syllas Tzoumerkas, born in 1978, is a Greek filmmaker and actor from Thessaloniki. His short films have been screened at international festivals like the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. THE DEVOURING EYES won the Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. His acclaimed first feature film, HOMELAND, marked its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. A BLAST premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2014. // Films (selection): THE DEVOURING EYES (1999, short), RAIN (2002, short), HOMELAND (2010), A BLAST (2014)
European Panorama 2015
Syllas Tzoumerkas
Greece / Germany / Netherlands 2014
83 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali
Cinematography Pantelis Mantzanas
Editing Kathrin Dietzel
Sound/Sounddesign Marco Vermaas, Dimitris Kanellopoulos
Music drog_A_tek
With Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Giorgos Biniaris, Makis Papadimitriou
Producer(s) M. Drandaki (homemade films), T. Kreyenberg (unafilm), E. Havenith (PRPL), J. Beker (Bastide Films) KoproduzentInnen / Co-Producers K. Stavrianou, T. Valenti-Pikrou, M. Mazzarotto, R. Vougioukalou, P. Papadopoulos
homemade films Koniari 3 11471 Athens Greece T +30 213 04 15 20 0 info@homemadefilms.gr www.homemadefilms.gr Koproduktion / Co-Production unafilm (DE), PRPL (NL), Bastide Films (NL)
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