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A Blast

A Blast
Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas


Graikija, Germany, Holland, 2014, drama, thriller, 83 min., greek with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-18

Hello. I want to say that I’m luckier. I’m luckier than all of you. My husband never beats me or treats me badly. The truth is, he loves me. He loves me very much. But this doesn’t seem to matter at all any more. Today, I want to share with you that I am absolutely unhappy. I’ve lived a ridiculous life. And I don’t know what to do to change it. I got married when I was twenty years old and I have three kids that I never want to see again. Neither them or my husband. From now on I only want to speak with strangers. Like you all. And I prefer the guilt to the life I had until this day. When I was growing up, no one told me life would be like this. That this is what it would be like. Today, I pray for a life if not less vain, at least less painful. Thank you. For listening.
— Maria

 “A Blast” presents womens fight against illusions and people she loves inside herself and outside the world, to take her life in own hands. Maria started her life as an adult with the best of intentions and after ten years everything has begun to crumble. Howerver only love for life inspires her for fundamental life decisions, she even decide leave everyone she loves. Now the only thing she is waitting for a blast, that set her life on fire.

About director:

Syllas Tzoumerkas was born 1978 in Greece. He studied theater, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. First short film The Devouring Eyes, which participated in competition at the Cannes Film Festival  and was awarded with the Jury Prize of the Karlovy Vary IFF. Homeland had its world premiere at the Venice Critics’ Week and participated in numerous international film festivals Göteborg, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata etc. In 2011, it won 5 Awards, including best first film director, of the Hellenic Film Academy.

Section: Main programme

Dir. of Photography: Pantelis Mantzanas

Producer: Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker

Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Giorgos Biniaris, Makis Papadimitriou