by Yorgos Zois


A post modern theater adaptation of a Greek tragedy takes place in a central theater of Athens. Like every night, the guests take their seats and the play begins. Suddenly, the lights on stage go out. Seven young people, carrying guns, stand up from the audience and come up on stage. They introduce themselves as the Chorus of the tragedy and they invite people from the audience to participate on stage. Gradually, reality and fiction blend. The audience doesn’t realize if this is part of the play. The play will come to its end at the usual time. Until then art will be interrupted by life.

Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Sofia Kokkali, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Hristos Karteris, Romanna Lobats, Angeliki Margeti, Natassa Brouzioti, Aineias Tsamatis, Constantinos Voudouris, Maria Kallimani, Areti Seidaridou, Spyros Sidiras, Christos Sougaris, Alexandros Sotiriou, Elena Topalidou, Maria Filini, Vasilis Andreou, Daphne Ioakimidou-Patakia, Alexia Kaltsiki, Effi Rabsilber, Christos Stergioglou, Labros Filippou, Nikos Flessas

Festivals / Awards
Venice International Film Festival 2015 – Orizzonti Competition – World Premiere
Torino IFF 2015, Mumbai IFF 2015, Thessaloniki IFF 2015, Kolkata IFF 2015, Goa IFF 2015, Palm Springs IFF 2016, Istanbul IFF 2016, Vilnius IFF 2016, Cyprus Film Days 2016, Catania FF 2016, LAGFF 2016, Pula IFF 2016, Sarajevo IFF 2016, Festival of Film Critics Camera Action 2016, Skopje IFF 2016, Sao Paulo IFF 2016, Hellas FilmBox FF – New Vision Award, etc.
Best First Film Director Hellenic Film Academy Award 2016

Feature film, 110′, DCP, Color, Greece-France-Croatia 2015


Yorgos Zois

Yorgos Zois with the collaboration of Vassileios Kyriakopoulos

Yiannis Kanakis

Yorgos Karvelas

Yannis Chalkiadakis

Original music
Sylvain Chauveau


Set design
Spyros Laskaris

Costume design
Zorana Meic, Eva Goulakou

Hrvoje Petek, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Aris Louziotis, Hervé Buirette

Make up
Anne-Valérie Chiabaut

Angeliki Balodimou, Lefteris Paraskevas

Theodora Valenti-Pikrou, David Danesi, Victoria Sankina, Filippos Marmoutas, Panos Papadopoulos, Jean-Yves Rousseaux, Sylvain Fage

Executive producer
Constantinos Moriatis

Maria Drandaki, Elie Meirovitz, Sinisa Juricic

Produced by
Pan Entertainment, EZ Films, JDP in association with Nukleus Film, NOVA, Marni Films, Cinephase, Digital District, Post Faust Ltd, Prosenghisi Ltd, Squaredsquare Films, Homemade Films with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image Animée, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International, Institut Français, HAVC, TorinoFilmlab, CNC Award – Cinelink Sarajevo Film Festival, Piraeus Bank and OPAP

Capturing moments in the infinite line of time, depicting fractional images of a divinely inspired Nature, interweaving mythological and historical accounts, gleaning fragments and whispers the cinematic gaze attempts to record the identity of a place that confronts and is confronted with the great philosophical questions of life.

The temple of Athena Alea, Gregory Markopoulos’s shrine, the harvest, the beautiful woman of Mouchli, the cherry orchard, the New Martyr Demetrios, are nothing but fragments of this place – of Tegea – recounting the adventure of life.

“Hail Arcadia”. A journey to a place that is haunted, even today, by the myth of an enigmatic epigraph.
Et in Arcadia Ego. A collection of fragments. A salute, brief and ambivalent, like the passage of the runner who crosses the plain of Tegea at midnight.

Festivals / Awards
Thessaloniki Documentary International Film Festival 2015 – FIPRESCI Award for Best Greek Film

Feature documentary, DCP, 2015, 89′, Greece 2015.

Written and directed by
Filippos Koutsaftis

Cinematogaphy by
Filippos Koutsaftis

Sound by
Costas Varybopiotis

Ioanna Spiliopoulou

Music by
Konstantinos B.

Sales / Distribution:
Homemade Films


A Blast

by Syllas Tzoumerkas


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

Festivals / Awards
Locarno International Film Festival 2014  – International Competition – World Premiere

Sarajevo IFF 2014 – International Competition
, BFI London IFF 2014 – Dare, Rotterdam IFF 2015 – Limelight, Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 – Critics’ Choice: Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch, A.F.I. American Film Insttute – European Film Showcase 2015, Hamburg Filmiest 2014, Seattle IFF 2015 – New Directors, São Paulo IFF 2014 – Nuevos Diretores, Hong-Kong IFF 2015, Joenju IFF 2015 – Fallen Myths – A Tribute to Greek New Wave, Athens IFF 2015 – Best Debut by an Actress Award – Maria Filini, Prishtina IFF 2016 – F.I.PRES.CI. award, Tallinn Black Nights 2014, New Horizons 2014, Kolkatta IFF 2015, Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2014, Istanbul IFF 2015, Taipei IFF 2015, Haifa IFF 2015, Crossing Europe EFF 2015, Festival Cinematografico Internacional del Uruguay 2015, Espoo Cine 2015, Otranto FFF 2015 – Critics’ Prize, Ljubljuana IFF 2015, Tofifest 2015,, Luxembourg City IFF 2015, Cyprus Film Days 2015, Thessaloniki IFF 2015, Lichter Filmfest 2015, Rome Independent IFF, Marfa IFF 2015, Mucas IFF 2015, This Human World IFF 2015, etc.

World Press
“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

Feature film, 83′, DCP, Color, Greece-Germany-Netherlands-Italy 2014.

Syllas Τzoumerkas

Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali

Pantelis Mantzanas

Kathrin Dietzel

Original music

Set design
Elli Papageorgakopoulou

Costume design
Marli Aliferi

Marco Vermaas, Dimitris Kanellopoulos

Make up
Evi Zafeiropoulou

Constantina Stavrianou, Theodora Valenti-Pikrou, Mario Mazzarotto, Rena Vougioukalou, Panos Papadopoulos

Maria Drandaki, Titus Kreyenberg, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker

Produced by
Homemade Films, unafilm, PRPL, Bastide Films, Greek Film Center, Nederlands Film Fonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Pan Entertainment, Graal S.A., Marni Films, Mamoko Entertainment, Prosenghisi Ltd, Movimento Film production

in collaboration with ZDF/ARTE

with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Nipkow Programm, Eurimages co-production development award, Cinelink – Sarajevo Film Festival

Distribution / Theatrical Releases
Greece (Strada), the Netherlands (Filmfreak), Germany (Real Fiction), Poland (Against Gravity), Denmark (Ost for Paradis), FYROM (KT Films), Switzerland (Spot on Distribution), Australia (Bonsai Films), Iceland (Bioparadis), etc.