Archive of films A Blast / A Blast

Greece / Germany / Netherlands
2014, 83 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice
Year: 2015

This harrowing story of a young mother’s manic nervous breakdown in the face of financial ruin is coupled with a bristling socioeconomic critique that takes in the disillusionment of today’s thirtysomething generation and their resulting radicalization. Marie declares war on her family, society, and herself as she tries to find a way out of the cycle of dependence.


Synopsis

Almost nobody is having a blast in, well, A Blast, and that statement can probably be extended to viewers of Syllas Tzoumerkas’ aggressive, agitated second feature. Still, this story of a young mother’s manic nervous breakdown in the face of financial ruin displays more than enough rough-and-tumble directorial nerve, coupled with a bristling socioeconomic critique, to magnetize those accustomed to the headier demands of Greek New Wave cinema. The national seething over Greece’s ongoing financial crisis has powered much of the country’s recent cinematic output, though filmmakers have tended to address the subject through opaque allegory. Not so in A Blast, where scarcely any issue (or insult) goes unspoken, and where the narrative pivots drastically on a family’s ruinous business debts, its thrashing energy anchored by a fierce star turn from Dogtooth (Kynodontas, 2009) lead Angeliki Papoulia.

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About the director

Syllas Tzoumerkas (b. 1978, Thessaloniki) studied theater, acting, and film direction in Athens, Utrecht, and New York. He first gained attention with The Devouring Eyes (2000), a Dogma-influenced short that was presented at the Cannes festival. After making another two acted shorts and collaborating with various TV documentary shows on episodes related to contemporary politics and 20th century history and literature, he debuted in features with Homeland (Hora proelefsis, 2010), a bitter saga spanning the past 60 years of a family and country in crisis. The picture was presented at numerous top world festivals, including Karlovy Vary (2011), and won five awards from the Hellenic Film Academy. His latest work premiered at the Locarno IFF and participated in the festivals in Rotterdam, Sarajevo, London, and São Paulo. Tzoumerkas also acts in the films of his peers.

Contacts

EZ Films
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Tel: +33 671 792 026
E-mail: elie@ez-films.com
www: www.ez-films.com

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice
   
Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas
Screenplay: Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali
Dir. of Photography: Pantelis Mantzanas
Music: drog_A_tek
Editor: Kathrin Dietzel
Art Director: Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Producer: Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker
Production: Homemade Films
Coproduction: Unafilm, PRPL, Bastide Films
Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Giorgos Biniaris
Sales: EZ Films

Guests

Syllas Tzoumerkas

Film Director

Titus Kreyenberg

Producer


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