“Attenberg”: A New and Controversial Greek Movie



As Greeks face the debt crisis in everyday life, a small number of films have emerged from the country that pick up on the change and upheaval. After Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, many other filmmakers decided to express their own point of view of Greek society. “They are trying to break the norm,” commented Tsangari to a Los Angeles newspaper.

She lived abroad for several years, studying film, when in 2004 she met Lanthimos. They collaborated on the production of “Kinetta,” “Dogtooth” and “Alps,” and now Lanthimos appears in “Attenberg.”

But how did Tsangari come up with this strange title? “Attenberg” takes its title from a character’s mispronunciation of filmmaker David Attenborough’s last name. She came to realize Attenborough’s work in many ways captured the exact tone she wanted for her own film — an observant, anthropological detachment but also a tenderness and understanding.

The main idea of the film is to allow each scene to stand on its own as what Tsangari referred to as a “module.”

“We would know by instinct what is right and what is not,” says Labed.

Tsangari was looking to create something pure and universally understandable, a story expressed physically as much as it is by language.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)