THE CAPSULE (36', Greece, 2012)

Screening: Fr, 13 Dec., Studio Cinema, 9:00pm


A surrealist haute-couture fantasy, bearing the unmistakable signature of the director of ATTENBERG, THE CAPSULE is a fascinating allegorical exploration of the feminine mystery. Reminiscent of Jan Švankmajer, Pina Bausch and Maya Deren, the movie tells the story of a gothic matron and her seven young disciples, as they are initiated in the essence of femininity through a ritualistic danse macabre. An intelligent play on genre film conventions (horror, melodrama, fetish cinema), this seductive insight into feminine nature masterfully combines animation, choreography and live-action, in a thought-provoking dialogue between cinema, fashion and visual art. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

Director: ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI

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Cast: Ariane Labed, Clémence Poésy, Isolda Dychauk

Screenplay: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Aleksandra Waliszewska

Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis

Editing: Matt Johnson

Sound: Leandros Ntounis

Producer: Maria Hatzakou, Kyriacos Karseras, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Production: Haos Film


Premiere: BUCHAREST PREMIERE


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The Greek filmmaker ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI studied literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, performance studies at New York Tisch School of the Arts, and film directing at the University of Texas Austin. Her first feature, THE SLOW BUSSINESS OF GOING (2000), described by SENSES OF CINEMA as “a permanent erection for the eye”, premiered at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and won the best film award at the New York Underground Film Festival. Her second feature, ATTENBERG, premiered at 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress, and went on to win 13 more awards at festivals worldwide. It was Greece’s Best Foreign Language Film submission to the 2011 Oscars. She is also the co-founder of Haos Film and producer of Kinetta, Dogtooth and Alps, by Yorgos Lanthimos.

 

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Locarno International Film Festival 2012

Sundance Film Festival 2012

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012

Vancouver International Film Festival 2012

BFI London Film Festival 2012

Seville International Film Festival 2012

CURATOR'S COMMENT:

You don’t know what you are… hisses a matriarchal figure in a Gothic castle on the island of Hydra, an all-girls finishing school of sorts. You are women. Seven beautiful, identically dressed girls stand in line, forced to participate in a daily ritual of discipline, yearning, desire and loss. The ritual includes free dance to America’s Horse With No Name whilst their bodies are ironically constricted in rigid corsets, and a confession of their darkest desires to a dominatrix mother superior – the archetype of the eternal woman. The bodies of the seven girls act as the canvas for a series of symbolic portraits of female insecurity, lack of freedom, creativity, their dreams and their worst nightmares. The haute couture items used to dress (or undress) the leading ladies imply that the dictatorship of fashion is part of a much larger umbrella of rules, limitations and boundaries that women have inherited in a vicious, never-ending circle. Is the female image a vampire legacy, passed down from generation to generation, teaching conformism, romanticism, eroticism and fetishism? And who is it supposed to serve, men or women?” (Flix.gr)  


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