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Greece submits Attenberg for Oscar race

Athina Rachel Tsangari directs.

Athina Rachel Tsangari’s coming of age drama Attenberg has entered the Oscar race for Greece.

The film has already racked up an impressive number of international kudos starting with the Venice 2010 double award (Copa Volpi for best actress to Ariane Labed and the Lina Mangiacapre trophy)..

Attenberg is Tsangari’s sophomore effort in fiction as director and writer, after 2001’s The Slow Business of Going.

Attenberg’s submission to the Oscar comes after Dogtooth (of which she was a producer) was nominated in the 2011 Oscar race. Tsangari also served as producer on Alps, which won the best screenplay award in Venice.

The selection committee — set up by the Ministry of Culture — was chaired by film critic Michel Demopoulos and also included Thessaloniki Film Festival head Dimitri Eipides, Hellenic Film Academy president Tasos Boulmetis, and two local film critics and a screenwriter.

Produced by Tsangaris’ Haos Films, Faliro House Productions and Boo Productions with the backing of the Greek Film Centre, Attenberg is sold internationally by The Match Factory.   

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