By Don Simpson | June 18, 2012
When we first watched writer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg at SXSW 2011, it totally blew our minds. We knew of Tsangari while she was living in Austin. She was studying at the University of Texas at the time and then went on to teach many of our favorite Austin filmmakers in UT’s MFA program. But who knew that she would go on to produce an Academy Award-nominated film (Dogtooth by director Yorgos Lanthimos) and make Attenberg, Greece’s Official Entry for the Academy Awards and one of Don’s Favorite Narrative Films of 2011?
Strand Releasing will be releasing Attenberg on DVD in the United States on June 19, 2012. Since we consider Attenberg to be a uniquely brilliant film, we jumped at the opportunity when Strand asked us to give away a few copies of the DVD to our loyal readership.
Writer/Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Starring: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari provokes the audience to study Marina (Ariane Labed) as if she is one of Sir David Attenborough’s subjects (we are prompted to “[escape] imaginatively to live in another creature’s world”) as Marina discovers that she is a sexual being and explores the related implications. We clinically observe Marina’s advanced communication techniques (she speaks in Greek, sings in French, plays strange rhyming word games with her father, and makes animal noises for no particular reason), her wildly expressive movements (she and Bella walk/dance in carefully choreographed movements), and her obscure musical tastes (her favorite song is Suicide’s “Be Bop Kid”) in order to develop a novel ethnographic hypothesis explaining what the behaviors of this virgin sub-species of Homo sapiens might possibly mean to humankind.
Also be sure to check out:
– Don Simpson’s 9 out of 10 review of Attenberg
For your chance to win an Attenberg DVD, tell us (in the Comments section below) the title of your favorite foreign film of 2011.
***Please note: We can only ship DVDs to U.S. postal addresses.***
Winners will be picked at random on June 24, 2012. Good luck!!!