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October 17 - 19, 2014

Two Films by Athina Rachel Tsangari

With only two films thus far as director, Athina Rachel Tsangari (b. 1966) is recognized today as a decisive, singular and influential figure in contemporary world cinema. Tsangari’s auspicious debut feature and MFA thesis film, The Slow Business of Going, defined the bold reinvention of genre conventions and enigmatic approach to narrative that continued throughout her ongoing work as producer and led to her greatly anticipated and acclaimed second feature ATTENBERG. In both films Tsangari explores a new kind of visual and corporeal language, deploying off-beat mise-en-scene, startling gestures and outlandish humor to vividly render her characters’ struggle against their appointed familial, societal and professional roles. Beginning with her work on the design team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympics Tsangari established herself as a multi-media artist whose completed projects includes a major multi-channel commission for the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

The Harvard Film Archive is pleased to welcome Athina Tsangari who is a Visiting Professor this academic year in Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. – Haden Guest

$12 Special Event Tickets
Athina Rachel Tsangari in person

Friday October 17 at 7pm


Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou
Greece 2010, 35mm, color, 95 min. Greek with English subtitles

A daring revision of the coming-of-age film, ATTENBERG follows the poignantly awkward and strangely late sexual awakening of a young woman grappling with the impending death of her terminally ill father. Despite its seeming austerity—its decaying Greek factory town setting and minimalist dialogue—ATTENBERG is richly destabilized by moments of unexpected and almost anarchic comedy, most notably the odd “dance” sequences which loosely structure the film like a musical. Most striking throughout ATTENBERG is Tsangari’s reawakening of the elemental strangeness of the human body and sexuality, revealed in the constant contortionist twisting of her lithe and talented lead actress Ariane Labed as she seeks love and new knowledge in her relationship with a taciturn engineer played by Tsangari’s frequent collaborator and fellow director Yorgos Lanthimos. Print courtesy of Strand Releasing.

Preceded by

24 Frames Per Century

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece/Italy 2013, digital video, color, 2 min



Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Lizzie Curry Martinez, Kenny Strickland
Greece 1994, 16mm, color, 8 min. In English

Print courtesy of the filmmaker.

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Sunday October 19 at 4pm

The Slow Business of Going

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Lizzie Martinez, Daniel Aukin, Mike Martin
US/Grecce 2001, 35mm, color, 95 min. In English

Tsangari’s evocatively stylized low-budget science fiction thriller imagines a not-so-distant future in which a young agent is assigned to scour the globe for memorable experiences to be recorded and delivered to the Experience Data Agency. As a kind of human hard drive, Tsangari’s determined agent offers a compelling figure for the rich confusion between the real and the virtual explored throughout The Slow Business of Going.
Print courtesy of Strand Releasing.

Followed by

The Capsule

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece 2012, DCP, color, 37 min. French with English subtitles


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