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by Syllas Tzoumerkas
Greece/Germany/Netherlands 2014 83 min. Greek original version with English subtitles

sun 16 nov 10:00 pm Caligari FilmBühne

Script: Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas, DoP: Pantelis Mantzanas, Editor: Kathrin Dietzel, Production: Homemade Films, unafilm, Bastide Films, Mamoko, Producers: Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker, Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Basile Doganis, Maria Filini, Makis Papadimitriou, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Biniaris

Maria is running away on the highway. She is alone in her roaring 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. A BLAST tells the story of a generation’s disillusionment and radicalization.

"Maria starts her adult life with the best of intentions. Ten years after, no matter where she looks her world is cracking. Unwilling to reconcile with a life of unreturned care, lost dignity and broken-down desire to live, Maria attacks. She attacks herself, her past, the people she loves, her country and the perception of her sex in a relentless battle to find truth, in her and around her. (Syllas Tzoumerkas)

Biography: Born in Thessaloniki/Greece in 1978, Syllas Tzoumerkas studied theater and directing at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and at the University of Athens. In 1999, he directed THE DEVOURING EYES, which was selected by the Cinéfondation in Cannes and won the Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary. His first feature film, HOMELAND (2010), premiered in Venice in the International Film Critics’ Week. Tzoumerkas has also worked as a screenwriter and director for television on such shows as PARASKINIO (2004). A BLAST is his second feature film.

Filmography (selection): 2000 THE DEVOURING EYES, 2002 RAIN (both shorts), 2010 HOMELAND, 2014 A BLAST

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