A Blast

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    A Blast

    Directed by

    Greece, Germany, Netherlands


    83 min

    • English
    • Greek

    Drama, Thriller

    Driving furiously along the highway in her 4x4, Maria flees, leaving behind a fire and a suitcase full of money. Yesterday she was an attentive mother and loving wife, now all that lays ahead is this desolate, endless stretch of road. Today Maria has gone beyond the point of no return…


    • Fipresci Jury Prize (Balkan Competition) - Prishtina IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Angeliki Papoulia
    Vassileios Doganis
    Maria Filini
    Yorgos Biniaris
    Themis Bazaka
    Makis Papadimitriou
    Youla Boudali
    Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Pantelis Mantzanas
    Kathrin Dietzel
    Drog _A_Tek

    Director's Statement

    In my sense, in the midst of this new crisis, radicalization is a very broad word that is in the center of what goes on both politically and in the hearts of people around the world. And it has all sorts of different colors: from the terror of the uprising and semi-legitimization of Nazi parties across Europe (in our film this is the story of Gogo and Costas), to the all-wonderful fight of a person to find the courage to be and regain his or her sense of dignity. And all this is everywhere if you notice, because the status quo of our lives is not as stable as it used to be a few years ago.



    Syllas Tzoumerkas’ freewheeling and full-on drama is a shrill expression of anger, driven forcefully and with a certain fearlessness by a striking lead performance by Angeliki Papoulia as a free-spirited woman who reaches the end of her tether.

    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

    Syllas Tzoumerkas

    Syllas Tzoumerkas


    What the melodrama does, is to force us, through the excess use of passion, of emotional extortion, to see the truth.

    Syllas Tzoumerkas (1978, Greece) studied theatre, film directing and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He has directed short films including THE DEVOURING EYES (Cinéfondation, 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), TV documentaries and the feature films HOMELAND (International Critics’ Week, 2010 Venice Film Festival) A BLAST (International Competition, 2014 Locarno International Film Festival) and THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (Panorama section, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival).

    Selected Filmography