The Most Awkward Sex Of The Year Belongs To Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG
When it comes to very odd cult dramas revolving around uncomfortable sexual dynamics it would appear that Greece has cornered the market. Last year it was Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth turning heads on the festival circuit and now Athina Rachel Tsangari - a close collaborator of Lanthimos - is about to debut her feature Attenberg in Venice. If the freshly released trailer is any indication, expect roughly the same reaction brought on by Dogtooth.
The trailer is bizarre, compelling stuff that feels somewhat like a darker, edgier version of a Miranda July piece. Check it below.Marina, a twenty-three year-old girl, lives with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she stubbornly observes it through songs of suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough and the sex education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella. A stranger comes to town and challenges her to a table football duel, on her own table. Meanwhile, her father ritualistically prepares for his exit from the 20th century, which he considers to be "overrated." Caught between the two men and her collaborator Bella, Marina investigates the wondrous mystery of human fauna.