Athina Rachel Tsangari

»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.

German premiere

Awards for  ›Attenberg‹
Coppa Volpi für Ariane Labed als beste Schauspielerin, Biennale da Venezia 2010 | Special Jury Award, Silberner Alexander, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2010 | New Voices International Feature Competition, Whistler Film Festival 2010

Director / Script

Athina Rachel Tsangari


Thimios Bakatakis


Sandrine Cheyrol, Matt Johnson


Leandros Ntounis


Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kostas Berikopoulos, Michel Demopoulos


Maria Hatzakou, Yorgos Lanthimos, Iraklis Mavroidis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Angelos Venetis


The Match Factory

Portrait of director Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari

After studying literature in Thessaloniki, performing arts in New York and directing in Austin, Texas, Tsangari began her career with a part in Richard Linklater‘s film Slacker. In 1997, she co-founded the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, acting as artistic director until 2007. In 2004, she designed the projections for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens and in 2009, she directed Reflections, a large-scale, site-based projection shown at the official opening of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens. She won the International Feature Film Competition for Attenberg at the IFFF Dortmund+Köln.

Films by Athina Rachel Tsangari
2010 | Antikatoptrismoi (Reflections) 2009 | Instant Instants 2008-2011 | 2 2007 | The Slow Business of Going 2001 | Fit 1994