Maria Filini

Gogo

Maria Filini was born in Nafplio, Greece. She studied acting at the Archi Drama School of Athens. Since 2003, she performed in various stage performances in several venues in Athens, directed by directors Y.Dalianis (Norway, today), Th.Moschopoulos (The Boy With the Suitcase), V.Georgiadou (The Certificate), Th.Glinatsis (Frankenstein), I.Dimadis (Four Little Girls). She performed as an actress in a series of performances by the Blitz Theater Group in several venues in Athens and across Europe (New Order, The House, Katerini, Cinemascope, Late Night), and Vassilis Mevrogeorgiou (A Night in February, Nothing but the Truth co-director, Lions, A Massive Explosion, The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Together with fellow actors Katerina Mavrogiorgi, Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou, Serafim Rodis and Nikos Maramathas she co-funded the Skrow Theater Group and the Skrow Theater venue in Athens. She currently performs and/or co-directs in the Skrow theater’s performances (Up to Now, Absolute Machine, Stories of Self-Sacrifice, etc.). A Blast is her first appearance in a feature film. For her performance in A Blast, she was awarded with the Best Debut by an Actress Award at the Athens International Film Festival. Her upcoming film credits include Yorgos Zois’ Interruption (2015) and Elina Psykou’s Iwo and Sofia (in production).

Filmography

  • 2015Interruption by Yorgos Zois
  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas

Angeliki Papoulia

Maria

Angeliki Papoulia was born in Athens, Greece. She graduated from Athens University (Theatre Studies) and the Empros Theatre Drama School in 2000. She was the leading actress in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth, which won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film) at the 83rd Academy Awards, 2011. She also had the main part in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Alps, which won the Osella for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

In 2004, she founded the blitz theatre group known in Europe for its innovative, devised approach to theatre performances. Blitz were among the candidates for the XIII Europe Prize Theatrical Realities, 2012. To date, she has written, directed and acted in all the group’s performances. She has also been the leading actress in critically acclaimed, mostly classical repertoire, theatre performances in the National Theatre of Greece.

Filmography

  • 2015The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (in post-production)
  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2011Alps by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • 2009Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • 2008Well Kept Secrets, Athanasia by Panos Karkanevatos
  • 2002Matchbox by Yiannis Economidis

Vassilis Doganis

Yannis

Vassilis Doganis is a Greek director-screenwriter who grew up in France. During his studies in Philosophy, he spent 3 years in Tokyo where he made a documentary on a Japanese rap band (Kami Hito E – On the Edge) and was 1st AD on Limosin’s documentary Young Yakuza (Cannes 2007). He has worked as a script doctor for Celluloid Dreams and was selected at the 2010 Berlinale’s Talent Project Market for the feature script Lifelined (Entre les lignes), which was also awarded the FADS grant by the 2010 Amiens International Film Festival.

In 2011, after attending the Binger Filmlab (Directors Lab), he directed his first fiction short film, His Brother’s Keeper (Le Gardien de son frère, 20′, Zadig Films, 2012) which was selected at the 2012 Angers ‘First Shots’ Film Festival.

He is currently working on his first feature film, Time of the Riots (Le Temps des émeutes, Elzévir Films) based on the 2005 suburban riots in France.

Α Blast is his first appearance as an actor in a film.

Themis Bazaka

Mother

Born in Thessaloniki. She graduated from the drama school of the National Theatre of Northern Greece and studied for four years at the Actor’s Studio (New York). She has participated in 32 feature films, over 50 stage performances and 23 series and mini-series for television. For her performance in Pantelis Voulgaris’ Stone Years, she was awarded with the Special Mention of the Jury at the 1986 Venice Film Festival and the Best Actress Award of the Valencia Film Festival and the Thessaloniki Film Festival of the same year. She won the Thessaloniki Film Festival acting award two more times, for her performances in Costas Ferris’ Rembetiko and Christos Dimas’ Akrovates tou Kipou. For the last eight years, she is part of the actors’ ensemble of the National Theatre of Greece.

Select. filmography

  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2013Wild Duck by Yorgos Sakaridis
  • 2012If… by Christoforos Papakaliatis
  • 2011Wasted Youth by Argyris Papadimitropoulos & Jan Vogel
  • 2007Fugitive Pieces by Jeremiah Podeswa
  • 2004Real Life by Panos Koutras
  • 2001Akrovates tou kipou by Christos Dimas
  • 2000Signs and Wonders by Jonathan Nossiter
  • 1999Attack of the Giant Moussaka by Panos Koutras
  • 1996Acropole by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1991Quiet Days in August by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1989Xenia by Patrice Vivancos
  • 1988I Fanela me to 9 by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1987Apousies by Giorgos Katakouzinos
  • 1985Variete by Nikos Panayotopoulos
    Stone Years by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 1983Rembetiko by Costas Ferris

Yorgos Biniaris

Father

Born in Archaea Korinthos. He studied theater at the Laiko Piramatiko Theatro Drama School and cinema at the Hatzakou Film School. As a stage actor, he collaborated with various venues and directors (Laiko Piramatiko Theatro, Roes Dance Theater, Sfendoni Theatre, Aplo Theater, etc.). As a stage director, he collaborated with the Loutraki, Kastoria, Nafplio and North Aegean Regional Theaters. He taught acting in various drama schools (Embros Drama School, University of Athens, University of Riga – Letonia, etc.). He is currently part of the actors’ ensemble of the National Theater of Greece.

Select. filmography

  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2014Stratos by Yannis Ikonomidis
  • 2012I teleftea farsa by Vassilis Raisis

Makis Papadimitriou

Costas

Makis Papadimitriou was born in Athens. He studied physics at the University of Athens and acting at the drama school of the National Theatre of Greece. He is awarded with an audience prize for his performance in Martin MacDonah’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2003-2004) and with the Greek Theater Critics’ prize for his performance in the role of autistic Lee in Simon Stephen’s Motortown (2007-2008). He was also a nominee for Best Young Actor in 2007, and winner of the same prize (Dimitris Horn prize) the following year (2008). His theatre credits include productions of The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roberto Zucco, Marat Sade, Lyssistrata, Cock, The Author, Her Wedding Letter, etc.

In cinema, he participated in many feature and short films, most notably Charisma by Christina Ioakimidi (nominated for the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actor), L by Babis Makridis, Chelsea-Barcelona by Alexandros Chantzis (short), and Runaway Day by Dimitris Bavellas. He will next be seen in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Suntan (in post-production).

He loves computers, motorcycles and the Rubik’s Cube.

Select. filmography

  • 2015Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
  • 2015Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2014I Kori tou Rembrandt by Nikos Panagiotopoulos
  • 2013Runaway Day by Dimitris Bavellas
  • 2012L by Babis Makridis
  • 2011Unfair World by Filippos Tsitos
  • 2010Harisma by Christina Ioakimidi
  • 2007Parees by Sotiris Goritsas
  • 2006Ores Kinis Isihias by Katerina Evagelakou
  • 2006I gynaika einai skliros anthrwopos by Antonis Kafetzopoulos