MoMA Presents: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg

Nov 3, 2014


Attenberg. 2010. Greece. Written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. Photo © Despina Spyrou/HAOS FILM

“In its rereverent use of (new) Nouvelle Vague, musical, melodrama, and nature documentary, Attenberg symbolically visualizes a change in generation and perspective as a father and daughter gently negotiate their individual rites of passage. The film follows a visionary architect who has come home to die in the vanishing industrial town that is his legacy to his daughter. Meanwhile, his daughter (played by Ariane Labed, in a performance that garnered her the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival) is exploring the mysteries of kissing with her girlfriend and the beyond with a visiting engineer. Tsangari’s film—featuring a soundtrack of songs by Francoise Hardy and the band Suicide that is woven into the narrative—is poised between sincerity and hilarity, tradition and experimentation” (New Directors/New Films 2010).

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film.

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