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Athina Rachel Tsangari is a Greek filmmaker, visual artist and producer. She has produced fellow Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ films, including Alps and Dogtooth, among others through her production company HAOS films.
As a filmmaker she considers herself to be nomadic – a quality that her first feature, The Slow Business of Going, explores in both its story and its boundary-crossing form. Attenberg, her second feature, takes place in Greece, though it is more complicated than simply representing the nation, as its references to the anthropological quality of David Attenborough’s documentaries indicate.
Athina brought her latest work, The Capsule, to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The short film is a component of a larger multimedia piece – a milieu that Athina has worked within alongside her feature films – that was commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. We sat down on a particularly rainy day at our studio space, hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U, to discuss all of Athina’s films, The Capsule in particular, as well as her love for Michael Bay and genre films.
This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in January 2013.
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