Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari


It helps me working with genre as a template and then stripping it down. I don’t separate form from content. To me they’re inseparable: Siamese twins not separated at birth    


Athina Rachel Tsangari has a B.A. in Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Film Directing from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her first short film, FIT (1995), was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Her second feature, ATTENBERG, premiered in main competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress for its lead, Ariane Labed. The film was recently selected as "Greek Film Academy's nominee" for the Foreign language Oscar. It was also one of the finalists for the European Parliament's 2011 LUX Prize for Best European Film.
In 2012, Tsangari’s medium-length film THE CAPSULE, commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art premiered in Locarno. In 2013, she was a co-producer on Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT, in which she also appeared as an actor. For the 70th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival she contributed the science fiction short 24 FRAMES PER CENTURY (2013). In 2015, her feature CHEVALIER was part of the Official Competition at Locarno Film festival.

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