DVD Release: Attenberg

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

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Friends Ariane Labed (l.) and Evangelia Randou get friendly in Attenberg.

Greece’s official entry for the Academy Awards, 2010’s Attenberg is a deadpan comedy-drama film by Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari.

The coming-of-age story concerns plucky Marina (Ariane Labed), a 23-year-old woman who lives in a small factory town by the sea where she passes her time watching Sir David Attenborough’s nature programs, listening to the proto-punk songs of Suicide, goofing with her only friend Bella (Evangelia Randou), and tending to her ailing father (Vangelis Mourikis). When a visiting engineer (Yorgos Lanthimos, director of the Academy Award-nominated Dogtooth) comes to town, the two form a tentative relationship that pushes Marina into contact with the strange and complex world of adulthood.

Rolled out to dozens of film festivals and theatrical screenings across Europe and South American, Attenberg had a limited theatrical run in a couple of  U.S. theaters in March, 2012.

There are no bonus features on the DVD of the unrated film, which is presented in Greek with English subtitles.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.