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A Blast

Syllas Tzoumerkas
Greece, Germany, Netherlands 2014 / 83’

Maria is entering adulthood with the best of intentions. She is from a typical loving Greek family. She is impulsive, energetic, and passionate. She has big plans for the future. She wants to become a lawyer, but she meets a handsome sailor named Yannis and falls madly in love with him. Their passionate relationship overshadows everything else and produces three children. Maria raises them herself, as Yannis is away working on ships. In time, familial happiness turns out to be an illusion. Maria starts to feel ever more lonely, and her life falls apart 10 years later. The crisis in Greece reveals previously hidden family secrets the discovery of which portends disaster. In order to prevent this, Maria decides to take desperate measures—to save herself, she has to discard her past and those she loves the most. This sets in motion a series of events that nothing can stop.

Polish distributor: Against Gravity

Against Gravity

Syllas Tzoumerkas

He was born in Thessaloniki and studied Theater Studies, Direction and Acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. His short film The Devouring Eyes took part in the Cinéfondation competition at the festival in Cannes in 2001, and later captured the Jury Award at the festival in Karlovy Vary. Tzoumerkas made his feature-length debut in 2010 with Homeland, which premiered at the festival in Venice (Critics' Week). It was also in the competition at the 11th edition of New Horizons. A Blast,his second feature-length film, was screened as part of the main competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2014.


1998 I Kalothanati (short)

1999 Ta matia pou trone / The Devouring Eyes (short)

2002 Vrohi / Rain (short)

2010 Ojczyzna / Hora proelefsis / Homeland

2014 Podmuch / A Blast

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Cast & Crew

director Syllas Tzoumerkas
screenplay Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
cinematography Pantelis Mantzanas
editing Kathrin Dietzel
music Drog_A_Tek
cast Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Biniaris
producer Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker
production Homemade Films, unafilm, PRPL, Bastide Films, Greek Film Center, Nederlands Film Fonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Pan Entertainment, Graal S.A., Marni Films, Mamoko Entertainment, Prosenghisi Ltd, Movimento Film production
sales Aainst Gravity
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Greek, English
colouration colour