Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari works as a filmmaker and projection designer in her native Greece and the US. Her graduation thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, “The Slow Business of Going”, a low-fi sci-fi road movie, travelled the world to critical acclaim, and was acquired by MoMA for its permanent film collection. She designed the video projections for the 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony, and the celebrated large-scale, live projections for the opening of the Bernard Tschumi-designed Acropolis Museum (2009). She co-founded, and was artistic director of the historic for contemporary avant-garde cinema Cinematexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, Texas (1996-2007).
She is the co-founder and principle producer of Haos Film, a filmmaker-run production studio based in Athens, Greece.
Her second feature “Attenberg” premièred in competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for its lead, Ariane Labed, and went on to win 13 more awards at festivals worldwide. It was Greece’s Best Foreign Language Film submission to the 2011 Academy Awards.
Her upcoming feature “Duncharon” was awarded the ARTE France Cinéma Award for best project at the International Film Festival Rotterdam CineMart 2012.
Born in 1976, Aleksandra Waliszewska lives and works in Warsaw. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her main artistic activity is painting. She has presented over 20 solo exhibitions, and received Polish Ministry of Culture scholarships on numerous occasions. She collaborates with the international group Frederic. Her work has been published by: My Dance The Skull, FUKT, United Dead Artists, Les Editions Du 57, Drippy Bone Books, Editions Kaugummi.
About the Designers
Sandra Backlund is a fashion designer who creates handmade, sculptural pieces made to highlight, distort or transform the natural silhouette of the body. She graduated from the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm in 2004 and founded her own label the same year. Since then her work has been selected and supported by some of the most important editors and exhibition curators in the world. In 2007, Sandra Backlund was the Grand Prix winner of the Festival International de Mode et Photographie in Hyères, France.
Bordelle is a niche and unusual concept in women’s lingerie and bodywear that combines true craftsmanship with groundbreaking designs that toy with themes of seduction and domination. The Bordelle aesthetic is characterized by body-con silhouettes and rooted in a proprietary technique that blends customized satin elastic bands with an array of fabrics to create iconic pieces featuring a “luxury S&M” sensuality. United in vision and driven to break the boundaries of design and construction convention, the Bordelle team, headed by founder Alexandra Popa, conceptualize, design and handcraft iconic pieces from within the buzzing hub of their atelier.
Montréal-based fashion designer and professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Ying Gao questions our assumptions about clothing by combining fashion design and multimedia. Her work testifies to the profound mutation of the world in which we live and carries with it a radical critical dimension that transcends technological experimentation. Recognized worldwide, her designs are frequently shown in museums and galleries.
Cat Potter is a London-based fashion artist, specialized in conceptual, wearable footwear. A fine arts and curation graduate, her first collection featured unusual silhouettes whilst still using traditional footwear manufacturing methods. A year later, her work secured her a place at the prestigious MA Fashion Footwear Course at the London College of Fashion. Cat’s MA final collection of bespoke footwear “Pernilla” steps out of the traditional footwear context, blurring the lines between footwear and artifact.
Vassilia Rozana is an Athens-based costume designer working in film, dance and theatre. She was the costume designer for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg" and Yorgos Lanthimos’ "Alps”, and has worked with the dance-theatre director Dimitris Papaioannou (”Medea”). She is a long-term collaborator with the most acclaimed performing arts organizations in Greece: the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Greek National Theater, and the Athens Megaron Concert Hall.
Isabelle Vigier (FR, based in NL) is an artist, art director and graphic designer who is well-known for the elegant and precise graphic identities she has developed for musicians, independent record-labels, and theatre- and dance companies. As a visual artist she has been working primarily in photography and video. Her photography takes the form of a finely-tuned, intimate series, published in small edition art books. Her video practice involves installations and collaborative works for dance and music performances. These lines of work were an important inspiration for “The Other Wind-Cape”, which is her first wearable art piece, a threshold between fashion, performance and installation.
About the Cast
Ariane Labed was born in 1984 in Athens, to French parents. She grew up between Greece, Germany and France. After studying dance for ten years, she studied “Practice and Theory of Art” at the University of Provence. She is a founding member of the Vasistas Theatre Company, based in Athens.
“Attenberg”, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, was her first cinema appearance, for which she won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. She has since appeared in Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed “Alps”, which won Best Screenplay at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. She will next be seen in Guy Maddin’s “Spiritisme”, and Fabienne Godet’s “Une place sur la Terre”.
Clémence Poésy’s portrayal of Mary Stuart in “Gunpowder, Treason & Plot” started a career that has always been divided between French- and English-speaking films. She has appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, “In Bruges”, “Lullaby for Pi”, “127 hours”, and “Sans moi”, and was recently Joan of Arc in “Jeanne captive”, and Isabelle Azaire in “Birdsong”. She will next be seen in a filmed adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Richard II”, and in “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love”.
Born in Surgut, West Siberia, Isolda Dychauk has lived in Berlin since 2002. At the age of eleven she was discovered for her first short film, “Gimmy Your Shoes”, directed by Anika Wangard, which screened at the 2009 Vienna International Film Festival. Since 2004, Isolda has worked constantly in German film and television. Her first high-profile role was the lead Margarete in the movie “Faust”, directed by Alexandr Sokurov, which won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice Film Festival. She was then cast in her first English-language part in the international TV series “Borgia”, in the lead role of Lucrezia. The second season began shooting in March 2012. Isolda, now 19, will appear in “Tomorrow One Year”, directed by Aelrun Goette, which will première at the 2012 Munich Film Festival.
Born on the Greek island of Corfu, Evangelia Randou is one of Greece’s most prominent contemporary dancers. She has collaborated with a number of groups, including Sinequanon, X-it Dancetheatre, Noema Danceworks, Griffon, Yelp, Quasi Stellar and the Greek National Opera. She worked as an assistant choreographer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and collaborated with Dimitris Papaioannou again on two more works: “Medea” (2008, in the title role), and “Nowhere” (2009). As an actress, she has appeared in leading roles in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Kinetta” (2005) and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg” (2010).
Aurora Marion was born in Belgium, to Greek and Rwandan-Belgian parents. She studied theatre, drama and film at the University of Roehampton, London. She made her first film appearance in Chantal Akerman’s latest film “Almayer’s Folly”, which premièred at the 68th Venice Film Festival (2011). She is currently performing in theatre in Athens, Greece.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Born in Ankara and based in Paris, Deniz Gamze Ergüven entered the Directing Department of La Fémis (the French National Film School) following her studies in Literature and a Master’s Degree in African History in Johannesburg. Her graduation short film “Bir damla su” was selected by the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival and awarded at the Locarno Film Festival (2006 Leopards of Tomorrow), among others. Since her graduation from La Fémis, she has worked in South Central Los Angeles on the research and writing of “Kings”, her first feature film. “Kings” was selected by the 2011 Director’s Lab of Emergence (where the project was mentored by Olivier Assayas), the 2011 Atelier of the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival, and the 2012 Sundance Istanbul Screenwriter’s Lab.
Sofia Dona was born in Athens in 1981. She studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, where she won the DAAD prize for best foreign student. In 2010, the Association of Greek Architects awarded her a prize for a house she designed and built in Mani, Greece (2010), in collaboration with Dimitris Theodoropoulos. In 2005, she taught architectural design at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Darkhan. She has been realizing projects between the spheres of architecture and art in various cities, such as Leipzig, Detroit, Chicago and Pisa. As a member of the art group “Errands”, she has participated in exhibitions such as the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009) and the 7th São Paulo International Architecture Biennial (2007). She is a PhD student in architecture at the University of Thessaly, researching the symbolic twinning of distant cities such as Leipzig and Detroit.
THE CAPSULE is her first film appearance.
Sofia also co-designed the CAPSULE installation with Dimitris Theodoropoulos (hiboux.gr).