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Attenberg

Attenberg
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Graikija, 2010, drama, 97 min, greek with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s striking drama follows 23-year-old Marina (Ariane Labed), an unpredictable creature whose isolated habitat and limited human interaction have led her to mimic the repetitive behaviour of animals featured in the David Attenborough documentaries she so hungrily devours. Her world is shaped by her father, a modernist architect, and by her promiscuous friend Bella (Evangelia Randou), who provides her with kissing lessons and tantalising accounts of her own sexual adventures. The film‘s emotional trajectory intensifies when Marina begins to experiment with desire and is forced to confront her father‘s mortality.

Awards:

2010 – Volpi Cup for best actress at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy).
2010 – Silver Alexander (Special Jury Award) for Athina Rachel Tsangari at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece).
2011 – Grand Prix at the New Horizons Film Festival (Wrocław, Poland).

About the director:

Athina Rachel Tsangari was born in Athens. She holds a B.A. in Literature, an M. A. in Performance Studies and an MFA in Film Directing. Her introduction to cinema was a small role in Richard Linklater’s seminal film “Slacker” (1991). Her debut feature “The Slow Business of Going” (2002), shot in nine cities across the world, was voted one of the best debut films in the 2002 “Village Voice” Critics’ Poll. She was the projections‘ designer and video director for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies. In 2005 she founded “Haos Film”, a production office that develops and produces work by and with fellow filmmakers. She also was a producer of Yorgos Lanthimos‘ films: Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” (Kynodontas, 2009) and “Alps” (Alpeis, 2011). In 2010 Tsangari directed her second feature film “Attenberg”, which won numerous international awards.

Section: Retrospektyva

Screenplay: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Dir. of Photography: Thimios Bakatakis

Music: Leandros Dounis

Cast: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou