Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He grew-up in Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Nissyros. He studied theatre, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. Ηe directed the ‘dogma’-like b&w short film The Devouring Eyes, which participated in competition at the Cinéfondation of the 2001 Cannes film festival and won the Jury Prize of the 2001 Karlovy Vary film festival. He directed another short film, Rain, and collaborated with various tv-documentary shows on episodes related to contemporary politics, 20th century history and literature. As an actor, he participated in stage and live-cinema performances, feature and short films. His first feature film, Homeland, had its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week of the 2010 Venice Film Festival; it was released in October 2010 and participated in many international festivals. His second feature, A Blast, a Greek-German-Dutch-Italian co-production, had its world premiere at the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2014, and went on to participate in over 70 international film festivals (BFI London, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary – Variety‘s 10 directors to watch, Seattle, A.F.I.’s European Film Showcase, Sarajevo, Hong-Kong, Jeonju, etc.) and to be theatrically released in over 15 territories around the world. His third film, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea will have its world premiere at the 69th Berlinale Panorama 2019.  |