Attenberg

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    Attenberg

    Directed by

    Greece

    2010

    95 min

    • Greek

    Drama

    Official selection for the LUX Prize 2011 of the European Parliament.

    Marina, 23, is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she chooses to observe it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sexual-education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella.
    A stranger comes to town and challenges her to a football duel, on her own table. Her father meanwhile ritualistically prepares for his exit from the 20th century, which he considers to be “overrated.” Caught between the two men and her collaborator, Bella, Marina investigates the wondrous mystery of the human fauna.

    Awards

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    • Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, Venice IFF
    • Silver Alexander, Thessaloniki IFF
    • Best Director Puma Award, FICUNAM
    • Best Director Award, BAFICI
    • Grand Prize, New Horizons IFF
    • New Visions Award for Best International Film, Whistler FF
    • Best Actress, Angers FF
    • Best Feature, Dortmund/Cologne Women's FF
    • Candidate for Best Foreign Language Film, Greece, at the Academy Award

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ariane Labed
    Vangelis Mourikis
    Evangelia Randou
    Yorgos Lanthimos
    Kostas Berikopoulos
    Michel Demopoulos
    Screenplay
    Athina Rachel Tsangari
    Cinematography
    Thimios Bakatakis
    Editing
    Sandrine Cheyrol
    Matt Johnson

    Director's Statement

    I made a film about four people who happen to be at the same place for a short period of time. Three people who become four and then two. Three, of course, being the only perfect number in any relation.

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    Press

    a tender but deadpan anthropological black comedy … it’s an imaginative curio of animal gestures whose emotional power creeps up on you

    Nick James, Sight & Sound

    finds the perfect formula to invent, in the feminine, a film at once both intense and gentle

    Les Cahiers du Cinéma

    it has a furious, racing pulse, which spikes as thrillingly and irregularly as a purposefully miscalibrated drum machine

    Adam Nayman, Cinemascope

    impressive … a captivating and vaguely disturbing experience

    Variety

    the most awkward sex of the year

    Twitchfilm

    Athina Rachel Tsangari

    Athina Rachel Tsangari

    Greece

    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.

    Selected Filmography