Attenberg

Greece 2010, Feature film, 95' | Director, Screenplay Athina Rachel Tsangari | DoP Thimios Bakatakis | Sound Leandros Ntounis | Cast Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kostas Berikopoulos, Michel Demopoulos | Production Maria Hatzakou, Yorgos Lanthimos, Iraklis Mavroidis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Angelos Venetis | World Sales The Match Factory

Synopsis
»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.«
Athina Rachel Tsangari

Marina 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 and Alan Vega, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sex-education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella.
A stranger comes to town and challenges her to a table 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.

 

Biography
Athina Rachel Tsangari studied literature in Thessaloniki, performing arts in New York and film direction in Austin, Texas, and began her career with a role in Richard Linklater's film Slacker. In 1997, she was a cofounder, and until 2007, artistic director of the Cinematexas international short film festival in Austin. In 2004, she was projection designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens and in 2009, she directed Reflections, a large-scale, site-related projection to mark the opening of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens. In 2005, Tsangari founded the production office Haos, in which she co-develops and implements the works of other filmmakers.

 

Films by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Antikatoptrismoi (Reflections) 2009 | Kynodontas (associate producer) 2009 | Instant Instants 2008-2011 | 2 2007 | Palestine Blues 2006 (producer/co-cinematographer/co-editor) | Kinetta (producer) 2005 | The Slow Business of Going 2001 | Fit 1994

Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece
2010
Feature Film
2011
Feature Film Competition