May 04 - May 10, 2012
(Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010, Greece, 35mm, 95 min)
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Even if—or perhaps because—the Greek economy is suffering tremendous stress during the great recession, its film industry continues to knock them out of the park. Part of the new wave of Greek cinema that kicked off with last year’s academy award nominee Dogtooth, 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 architect father has returned to die. Finding the human species foreign, she keeps her distance, choosing to observe mankind through Sir David Attenborough’s nature documentaries and the songs of Suicide. While preparing for her father’s impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend, Bella, and a visiting engineer. Equal parts abstract theater and melodrama, Attenberg sincerely and humorously navigates the defining moments in life.
"Captivating and vaguely disturbing... a wacky, decidedly arthouse coming-of-age narrative." —Variety