Attenberg

  • 95'
  • Greece
  • 2010
Attenberg, the second feature by Athina Rachel Tsangari, opens with the picture of two women French kissing - at least they are trying to. Marina (23) is not experienced in the art of love and wants to know from her girlfriend Bella how it works. The lesson does not manage to persuade Marina that people do something so disgusting for fun.
In scenes that are occasionally hilarious, occasionally painful, sometimes moving, we see how Marina slowly learns more about love and sexuality. And about other girls, whom she studies the way David Attenborough looks at animals. In the meantime, she has to come to terms with the approaching death of her terminally ill father.
With a powerful leading role by Ariane Labed, who won the award for best actress in Venice, Attenberg is a surprising coming-of-age that reveals a similarity in tone and style with the film Dogtooth, screened last year, one in which Tsangari was involved as producer.

Director
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Country of production
Greece
Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
95'
Medium
35mm
Language
Greek
Producers
Athina Rachel Tsangari, Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelos Venetis, Yorgos Lanthimos, Maria Hatzakou
Production Companies
Haos Film, Boo Productions, Faliro House, Stefi Productions
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cinematography
Thimios Bakatakis
Editor
Matthew Johnson, Sandrine Cheyrol
Production Design
Dafni Kalogianni
Sound Design
Leandros Ntounis
Cast
Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Website
http://the-match-factory.com/films/items/attenberg.html