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Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece  2010 / 95’

23-year old Marina (Ariane Labed, awarded at the Venice Film Festival for best female role) lives with her father in a typical factory town by the sea. For her people seem strange and repulsive and because of this she always keeps her distance. She prefers to explore the environment through songs of the band Suicide, documentaries about mammals by David Attenborough and sex education lessons received from her only friend, Bella.

One day a stranger comes to town and offers Marina a match in foosball. Meanwhile, her father makes the ritual preparations for the farewell of the 20th century which he considers to be 'overrated'. With each day Marina tries to fathom the mystery which constitutes for her the human kind.

The Greek cinema is currently experiencing its 'five minutes': a triumphal march through the festivals of the film Dogtooth by Giorgos Lanthimos was crowned with an Oscar nomination. The director of this work contributed also to the success of Attenberg - he is its co-producer and played one of the roles. Some more common points between those two works may be found. The director Athina Rachel Tsangari is more interested with the biology than psychology of a modern man.

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Thessaloniki FF 2010 – Special Jury Award; Venice IFF 2010 – Best Actress

Athina Rachel Tsangari

She graduated from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, and the University of Texas in Austin. In 1991, she played a small part in a film by Richard Linklater, Slacker. Her first short, Fit, reached the finals of the Student Academy Awards, and her feature debut, The Slow Business of Going, was recognised by critics participating in the ‘Village Voice’ plebiscite as one of the best debuts of that year. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Austin’s Cinematexas International Short FF. She produced the video projections during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games, and developed and directed animated projections accompanying the opening of the new Acropolis Museum. In 2005, she founded the Haos Film company, which produced the feature debut of Giorgos Lanthimos, Kinetta.

Selected filmography

1995 Fit (short)

2001 The Slow Business of Going

2010 Attenberg

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Cast & Crew

director Athina Rachel Tsangari
screenplay Athina Rachel Tsangari
cinematography Thimios Bakatakis
editing Sandrine Cheyrol, Matthew Johnson
sound Leandros Dounis
cast Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Giorgos Lanthimos
producer Maria Hatzakou, Giorgos Lanthimos, Iraklis Mavroidis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Angelos Venetis
production Haos Films, Faliro House Productions, Boo Productions, Stefi S.A., Greek Film Center, Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Greek
colouration colour