The omnipresent Flix camera caught Athina Rachel Tsangari in a confessional mood at the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where “The Capsule” received its Greek premiere back in November, and recorded her every thought on artistic challenge, fashion, the short film format, animation and genre cinema. With Sundance in full swing and Tsangari back on the snowy slopes of the festival that first welcomed “Attenberg” in 2011, this interview couldn’t be more pertinent…
Has “Attenberg” opened the doors for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s idiosyncratic filmmaking? What were the challenges of creating a film “capsule” as part of an art project? What role does fashion play in perpetuating female stereotypes? Who is the Polish painter Aleksandra Waliszewska and how did her paintings function as a visual screenplay for Tsangari’s avant-garde short?
We met up with Athina Rachel Tsangari early one morning and talked about every possible aspect of filmmaking over a steaming cup of coffee. “I didn’t want to make a fashion film, I wanted to push the boundaries. I’m very interested in discovering a format that leaves me room for experimentation, while at the same time allow me to stick to my narrative guns, my own brand of visual sparseness – which in this case I applied to genre cinema. I’d love to make thrillers and sci fi, fantasy and action films. After all, it’s all just a game…”
Check out the interview below and click here to read a full review of “The Capsule”