Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari

7 Episodes

“Since I don’t do psychoanalysis, I do cinema,” explains Athina Rachel Tsangari, who, over the last decade, has become one of the foremost figures of the so-called “Greek Weird Wave”—a movement characterized by its fascination with human behavior, bitingly absurdist humor, and arresting visual style—both as a director and as a producer for contemporaries such as Yorgos Lanthimos. Her films, however, showcase a bold vision that goes way beyond the merely “weird,” offering a provocative perspective on family, sexuality, power dynamics, and the inherent strangeness of human interaction. In this edition of Meet the Filmmakers, David Thompson travels to the Greek island of Hydra to meet up with Tsangari and discuss her directorial philosophy and what it means to “live cinema.”

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Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Meet the Filmmakers: Athina Rachel Tsangari

    Episode 1

    In this edition of Meet the Filmmakers, David Thompson travels to the Greek island of Hydra to meet up with Athina Rachel Tsangari and discuss her directorial philosophy and what it means to “live cinema.”

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    Episode 2

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 1994 • United States

    Lizzie is a girl who just can’t seem to make things fit together. Athina Rachel Tsangari’s short, made in 1994 as a film school assignment, contains early permutations of ideas and imagery that she has continued to develop in her later wo...

  • The Slow Business of Going

    Episode 3

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 2000 • Greece, United States
    Starring Lizzie Curry Martinez, Maria Tsantsanoglou, Gary Price

    Developed over five years in collaboration with its actors, this genre-spanning examination of postmillennial alienation and dislocation by Athina Rachel Tsangari mer...

  • Attenberg

    Episode 4

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 2010 • Greece
    Starring Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelina Randou

    Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, ATTENBERG is an offbeat coming-of-age film. Twenty-three-year-old Marina is living in a small factory town by the sea where her once-visionary arc...

  • The Capsule

    Episode 5

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 2012 • Greece

    Set on the breathtaking Greek island of Hydra, this 2012 short film evokes a distinctive atmosphere that could be described as Mediterranean gothic, awash in shadows and light. A group of seven young women awaken in a foreboding mansion and perf...

  • 24 Frames Per Century

    Episode 6

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 2013 • Greece

    This short piece by Athina Rachel Tsangari, commissioned for the seventieth edition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013, draws on Jean-Luc Godard’s CONTEMPT and functions as a meditation on the state of cinema, depicting two film projectors cont...

  • Chevalier

    Episode 7

    Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari • 2015 • Greece
    Starring Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos

    In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared and measured and blood will be teste...