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. Her crazy, accelerating course will stop at nothing.
Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today she has gone rogue: she is determined to sweep away everything she has ever cared for. Maria’s tragic tale of ascent to redemption is narrated through bits of the present that become tangibly interwoven with fragments of the past, creating a dazzling and devastating mural of contemporary Greece.
Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Biniaris, Makis Papadimitriou
“Freewheeling, tense and edgy, with smart structure and vibrant performances. Angeliki Papoulia in the lead part is striking.”
— Mark Adams, Screen Daily
“A black, bleak, urgently contemporary film. The frantic, unsettling and intriguing record of a woman’s journey, Syllas Tzoumerkas’ charged personal diatribe against an economic system seemingly designed first to make people, and then to break them.”
— Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
“Syllas Tzoumerkas’ striking soph feature tackles Greece’s ongoing financial crisis with aggressive gusto.”
— Guy Lodge, Variety
“In A Blast, a narrative of personal liberation becomes a political allegory of powerful pessimism.”
— Jessica Kiang, Indiewire & the Playlist
“A wholesome viewing experience.”
— Cineuropa, Vladan Petkovic
“Tzoumerkas directs each scene to its boiling point, resulting to montage sequences that stay in mind for long. Angeliki Papoulia, one of the most fearless European actresses, plays Maria without emergency breaks.”
— Der Spiegel, Oliver Koever
“Filmmaker Syllas Tzoumerkas has condensed the Greek crisis into a superb drama of one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Tzoumerkas’ wild, anarchic style reminds us of the young Fatih Akin with his depiction of a society driven „against the wall“ by its own parental generation.”
— Frankfurter Rundschau, D.Kothenschulte
Festivals / Awards (selection)
Locarno International Film Festival 2014 (International Competition – World Premiere), Sarajevo IFF 2014 (International Competition), Athens IFF 2014, BFI London IFF 2014 (Dare), Rotterdam IFF 2015 (Limelight), Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 (Critics’ Choice: Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch), Hamburg Filmfest 2014, São Paulo IFF 2014 (Competição Nuevos Diretores), TOFIFEST 2014, Kolkatta IFF 2015, Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2014, Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2014, Luxembourg City IFF 2015, Istanbul IFF 2015, Hong-Kong IFF 2015, Cyprus Film Days 2015, Joenju IFF 2015 (Fallen Myths – A Tribute to Greek New Wave), Crossing Europe EFF 2015, Seattle IFF 2015 (New Directors Competition), Taipei IFF 2015, T-Mobile New Horizons IFF 2015, etc.
Feature film, 83′, DCP, Color, Greece-Germany-Netherlands 2014