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Greece, 2010, 95 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Dark Comedy, Drama, Medical/Health, Psychological, Womens Issues
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: Greek English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Producer: Maria Hatzakou, Yorgos Lanthimos, Iraklis Mavroidis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Angelos Venetis
Editor: Sandrine Cheyrol, Matt Johnson
Screenwriter: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cinematographer: Thimios Bakatakis
Principal Cast: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos

In a small, industrial Greek town, Marina is finally ready to undergo a sexual awakening at the age of 23. Thus unfolds the human experience in Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s quirky, playful drama about sex, death, and synchronized dancing.

Marina may not be keen to the ways of the world, but she is confident as her best friend, Bella, schools her in the art of love with an over-the-top tutorial in French kissing; as the documentaries of Sir David Attenborough teach her about the wild world of animals; and above all as she awkwardly attempts to lose her virginity.

Meanwhile, Marina’s father is dying; in that light, her forays into sex, at once removed and intimate, begin to parallel her investigation of life and death, interspersed with formalized dancing scenes that bridge the gap between two realities.

The title comes from Marina’s mispronunciation of Attenborough’s name—appropriately enough for a film whose concern with the meaning of subjectivity could almost be mistaken for highbrow intellectualism, but for Tsangari’s witty, tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) sense of humor.

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