Director and writer Athina Rachel Tsangari will be the 2015 filmmaker in residence at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Greek filmmaker joins an elite group alongside the program’s previous participants, including Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja”) and Andrea Arnold (“Red Road”), and is expected to work primarily during this fall’s New York Film Festival.
Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said, “Athina has already had a remarkable career, and we are so excited to see what she does next.”
During her residency, Tsangari will work on a screwball action-thriller, “White Knuckles,” which follows the story of two criminal sisters. Her latest feature, “Chevalier,” a buddy comedy set on a luxury yacht astray in the Aegean Sea, will premiere this August at the Locarno Film Festival.
Richard Linklater introduced Tsangari to cinema through a small role in Linklater’s “Slacker,” and the two continued their relationship when she served as co-producer on “Before Midnight.” She directed a short film that is now part of MoMA’s permanent collection, and her feature, “Attenberg,” premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it met widespread critical acclaim.
“I feel greatly honored to be hosted as the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Filmmaker in Residence this year,” said Tsangari. “I am looking forward to working on my new script, part of which is set in New York City, and to drawing inspiration from the city itself, camaraderie from its essential film community, and stimulation from the Film Society’s invigorating programming.”