GREECE – 2010 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
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 foosball 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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Athina Rachel Tsangari lives and works between her native Greece and the USA. She received a B.A. in literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 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 virginal introduction to cinema was a small role in Richard Linklater’s seminal film Slacker. Her debut feature The Slow Business of Going, a lo-fi sci-fi road movie shot in nine cities across the world, was voted one of the best undistributed films in the 2002 Village Voice Critics’ Poll.
She was the co-founder & artistic director of the Austin-based Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, programming avant-garde cinema, music and politically engaged media. She designs large-scale projections for dance, theatre, and site-specific installations. She was the projections designer and video director for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. In 2005, she founded Haos Film, a creative office that develops and produces work by and with fellow filmmakers. Amongst her producer credits are Yorgos Lanthimos’ first film Kinetta (2005), and his Un Certain Regard winner Dogtooth, as an associate producer (2009).
""...a strange, moving, puzzling, funny, frustrating and ultimately absorbing film this"
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"5 Stars! Tsangari has stocked her soundtrack with the work of post-punk icons Suicide, and her film’s brilliance is of a similarly minimalist variety. Its bleak surfaces belie a racing human pulse."
- EYE WEEKLY
"3.5 Stars out of 4! … with its mix of daring and playfulness, Attenberg feels just as alive as its oddball heroine"
- THE TORONTO STAR
"4 Stars! Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg is an austere study of an unsocialized young woman named Marina (Ariane Labed) facing the death of her father (Vangelis Mourikis) in the crumbling Greek industrial town where they’ve lived for her entire life."
- NOW MAGAZINE