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- ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
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Biography
Born in Athens in 1966, she lives and works between Greece and the USA. She received a B.A. in Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and two Master’s Degrees: one in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the other in Film Directing from the University of Texas in Austin. Her introduction to cinema was a small role in Richard Linklater’s seminal film Slacker (1991). Her first short film, Fit, was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Her thesis at the University of Texas in Austin coincided with her debut feature-length film The Slow Business of Going, a sci-fi road movie shot in nine cities across the world on a small budget, which is now in the permanent film collection of the MoMA. She was the co-founder and artistic director of the Austin-based Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, programming cinema, avant-garde music and politically engaged media, which ran from 1997 to 2007. In 2004 Tsangari was invited to be the projections designer and video director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games that year. She designs large-scale projections for dance, theatre and site-specific installations. In 2005, she founded Haos Film, a creative office that develops and produces work by and with fellow filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos, for whom she co-produced Kinetta (2005), Kynodontas (Dogtooth, 2009) and Alpeis (Alps, 2011, winner at the Venice Film Festival of the Osella for Best Screenplay). In 2010 she was in Competition at the Venice Film Festival with her second feature-length film Attenberg: the star Ariane Labed won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. Tsangari co-produced the film by Richard Linklater Before Midnight (chapter three of the trilogy that also includes Before Sunrise and Before Sunset), where she also appears in the role of Ariadni. With the screenplay for her next sci-fi comedy Duncharon (co-authored with her long-time collaborator Matt Johnson) she won the “ARTE France Cinéma” award for Best European Project for Development at CineMart 2012, Rotterdam. Her latest film The Capsule was previewed at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals in 2012 and screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.  In 2012 she was on the jury of the 63rd Berlin Film Festival chaired by Wong Kar-wai.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
2010 – Attenberg – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2011 - Alpeis - In Competition (producer)

AWARDS:
2010 – Attenberg – Coppa Volpi for Best Actress to Ariane Labed


 



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