A Blast

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Greece | 2014 | 83 minutes | Syllas Tzoumerkas

Driving furiously along the highway, Maria flees, leaving behind a fire and a suitcase full of money. Yesterday she was an attentive mother and loving wife, now all that’s ahead is an endless stretch of road. A sharply stylized evocation of personal and national turbulence. Director Syllas Tzoumerkas scheduled to attend.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

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A road through the forest, a fire, arguments about the rights of man, bad economic news blasting from the radio, worry, heat, family hysteria, bankruptcy, always rushing, always waiting—this is the kind of tension that drives the rapid pace of A Blast. Flashing back and forth in time, we witness a woman, Maria, on the verge of a breakthrough, or alternately, a breakdown. Her life is told via flashbacks and memories, mixing the present in ever so carefully, to instill a sense of frenzied hurry and anticipation to her story. She stops her studies to run her wheelchair-bound mother’s store, and her husband is away at sea for long stretches of time for his job. Maria is left at home with three kids and a thousand obligations. Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth) gives an incredibly strong and heartbreaking performance, moving the drama along in this chaotic yet sensual story of people who have little control of their lives in contemporary Greece.

Director Biography
Syllas Tzoumerkas is a Greek director who studied theater, film directing, and acting in Athens, Utrecht, and New York. He emerged into the filmmaking scene when his short film, The Devouring Eyes, won the Jury Prize of the Karlovy Vary IFF at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Homeland, was screened at multiple international film festivals and won five awards from the Hellenic Film Academy.

  • Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • Principal Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Biniaris
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Greece, Germany, Netherlands
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Producer: Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker
  • Screenplay: Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali
  • Cinematographers: Pantelis Mantzanas
  • Editors: Kathrin Dietzel
  • Music: drog_A_tek
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Homeland (2010)
  • Language: Greek
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: EZ Films