A Blast

Syllas Tzoumerkas

Greece, Germany, Netherlands , 2014 / 83 min / Greek with English subt. / Drama

In the presence of Syllas Tzoumerkas, Maria Drandaki (Producer) and Angeliki Papoulia (Actress)

Maria is running away in her SUV. Behind her, fire and a case 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: she is determined to sweep away everything she has ever cared for. Maria’s tragic tale of ascent to redemption is narrated through bits of the present that become interwoven with fragments of the past, creating a dazzling and devastating mural of contemporary Greece.

Thu 05/03 18:45 Ciné Utopia Public
Fri 06/03 21:00 Cinémathèque Public

This story of a young mother’s manic nervous breakdown in the face of financial ruin displays more than enough rough-and-tumble directorial nerve, coupled with bristling socioeconomic critique, to magnetize those accustomed to the headier demands of Greek New Wave cinema. With its thrashing energy anchored by a fierce star turn from “Dogtooth” lead Angeliki Papoulia, this unruly, exhausting but appropriately incendiary “Blast” has become a festival-circuit regular since its Locarno premiere. (Guy Lodge, Variety 04.11.2014)

A sharply stylised evocation of personal and national turbulence, which finds vivid expression in Tzoumerkas’ portrait of the disintegrating relationships between Maria and her family, the film also features poignant flashbacks to Maria’s more carefree youth. This is bold, urgent filmmaking, boasting exuberant performances from Papoulia and her fellow cast members. (Edward Lawrenson, BFI)

Cast & Credits
Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Biniaris, Makis Papadimitriou
Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali
Kathrin Dietzel
Directeur de la photo 
Pantelis Mantzanas
Homemade Films, unafilm, PRPL
Filmfreak Distributie BV

Born in 1978 in Thessalonik, Syllas Tzoumerkas studied theatre and directing for film and television at the Stavrakos Film School and the University of Athens. He has several successful short films and documentaries to his credit, was awarded five times by the Hellenic Film Academy and has also worked as an actor for feature films like “Wasted Youth” (2011) and “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas”. (2013)

  • A Blast, 2014
  • Paraskinio (TV documentary series), 2004-13
  • Homeland, 2010
  • Rain (short) , 2002
  • The Devouring Rain (short), 1999