Sneak Preview: ATTENBERG (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010)
Event Date: March 29, 2012 - 7:30pm
Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Dept. of Classics and Greek Studies
Born and raised in an abandoned mill town built around a single high-rise apartment building, Marina (Ariane Labed) has fallen in love with a failed architectural experiment and forgotten all about the people who were supposed to live in it.
Built sometime in the sixties, Attenberg was never meant to harbor human warmth in the first place. Its sole purpose was to procure obedient workers for the nearby aluminum factory, offering a colorless life to go with the regulation outfit. Hardly the stuff dreams are made of. The only romance that ever blossoms amidst the white-washed walls of this ghost town is of the fleeting variety, here now and gone tomorrow, as Marina’s promiscuous friend Bella (Evangelia Randou) would readily attest to.
The only long-standing engagement is the one between Marina’s father – one of the project’s leading architects – and the city. Eternally bound to his concrete mistress, he now follows her downward spiral, as his cancerous innards are decaying in synch with the building’s ancient plumbing. No wonder his daughter never learned how to love. And the only man who could ever teach her – a handsome stranger in town for business – might have entered her life a little too late. Will Marina follow her father down the path of destruction, or will she break free of the asphalt and concrete jungle that is her home?
Join us for a post-show Q&A with costume designer Thanos Papastergiou!
Featuring a video intro by writer/director Athina Rachel Tsangari and actresses Ariane Labed and Evangelia Randou!
Best Actress, Venice International Film Festival
Best Director, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, AFI FEST
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection, Göteborg Film Festival
Official Selection, CPH PIX
Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival
Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival
“Tsangari proves she's one of the freshest voices in European cinema with this offbeat character piece. Recommended.” –David Parkinson, Empire
“…the film succeeds not only as an idiosyncratic spin on the coming-of-age story but a wider comment on what it means to be fully human and fully alive in an age of diminished expectations…with its mix of daring and playfulness, Attenberg feels just as alive as its oddball heroine.” –Jason Anderson, The Star
“ATTENBERG is distinguished aesthetically by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis’ eye for both the beauty of coastal Greece and the hideousness of its mineral factories, conveying, like the film itself, the life-giving and life-taking moments in our lifetimes.” –Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
“What a strange, moving, puzzling, funny, frustrating and ultimately absorbing film this is.” –Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail
Writer/Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Starring: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou
Blu-Ray, 97 min.