|Directed by||Athina Rachel Tsangari|
Athina Rachel Tsangari
|Written by||Athina Rachel Tsangari|
Attenberg is a Greek drama film, written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and Ariane Labed won the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress. It was filmed in the town of Aspra Spitia, in the Greek region of Boeotia. The film was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Marina, a sexually inexperienced 23-year-old woman, lives with her terminally-ill architect father, Spyros, in an industrial Greek town by the sea.
Unable to relate to her fellow humans, she lives her life through the wildlife documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, the songs of Suicide and the sex education lessons given to her by her friend Bella.
Despite her sexual inexperience, Marina's relationships show warmth and thought. Spyros, contemplative as he approaches death, shares with her how he believes, "Man has designed ruins with mathematical accuracy..." referring to the destiny of most architecture, eventually. But then cynically, he reflects that " We (Greece) went from sheep to bulldozers...'
When a stranger comes to town, Marina has her first sexual relationship with him. She is secretive. Telling first Spyros and later Bella. Spyros asks of course, "If you do not want me to meet him, why are you telling me about him?"
As Spyros comes closer to death, Marina asks Bella to sleep with her father, as a favor for a dying man, whom she duly obliges. Meanwhile, Marina begins a sexual relationship with the stranger.
The film reaches its conclusion after Spyros's passing, where the last scenes are of Bella and Marina scattering his ashes in the sea.
- Ariane Labed as Marina
- Vangelis Mourikis as Spyros
- Evangelia Randou as Bella
- Yorgos Lanthimos as the Engineer
Quentin Tarantino, who was head of the Jury for the 67th Venice International Film Festival, said that the film "grew on us the most, and showed another Greece". Journalist Shane Danielsen called the film "an intellectually rigorous, quietly wrenching Greek drama". Peter Bradshaw characterised the film as "an angular, complex, absorbing and obscurely troubling movie".
|Venice Film Festival ||Coppa Volpi for Best Actress||Ariane Labed||Won|
|Golden Lion||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Nominated|
|Lina Mangiacapre Award||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Whistler Film Festival ||New Voices Award for Best International Feature||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Thessaloniki International Film Festival ||Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Angers European First Film Festival ||"Mademoiselle Ladubay" Best Actress Prize||Ariane Labed||Won|
|Mexico National University International Film Festival (FICUNAM) ||Silver Puma for Best Director||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Audience Choice Award||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema ||Best Director||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|International Women's Film Festival ||Best Feature Award||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Hellenic Film Academy Awards ||Best Actress||Ariane Labed||Won|
|New Horizons Film Festival ||Grand Jury Prize||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|Romanian International Film Festival ||Best Film Award||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
|European Parliament Film Prize ||LUX Prize||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Runner-up|
|AFI FEST ||Special Jury Prize||Athina Rachel Tsangari||Won|
- List of submissions to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Greek submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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