The Capsule

The Capsule

In a palatial mansion perched on a cliff lashed by the sea, six women spend their days repeating absurd rituals orchestrated by an imposing matriarch. In this exquisite “Greek Gothic mystery” (commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for the Deste Fashion Collection 2012 – a project developed simultaneously as a stand-alone film and a window installation at Barneys New York), the cyclical nature of life and the myriad faces of femininity emerge almost animistically from the non-human – from the ruffles of an interactive dress that “springs to life” when touched by light, from an austere black uniform of a dress (directly referencing Michael Cacoyannis’s A Girl in Black), from collars made of fabric or some precious metal: that is, from all we choose to wear on our bodies, things that already belong to the past, giving shape to identities that have been handed down.
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Direction: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Script: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Aleksandra Waliszewska
Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis
Editing: Matt Johnson
Sound: Leandros Ntounis
Actors: Ariane Labed, Isolda Dychauk, Clémence Poésy, Evangelia Randou, Aurora Marion, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Sofia Dona
Production: Haos Film, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art
Producers: Maria Hatzakou, Kyriakos Karseras, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Costumes: Sandra Backlund, Bordelle, Ying Gao, Cat Potter, Isabelle Vigier, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Vassilia Rozana
Executive producer: Dakis Joannou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 2012
Duration: 37'
Contact: Haos Film
Animation: Zina Papadopoulou & Petros Papadopoulos

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is an award-winning filmmaker born in Athens, Greece, considered to be a key pioneer behind the Greek New Wave. Tsangari’s sophomore feature film Attenberg (2010) premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2015, Chevalier won Best Film at the BFI-London Film Festival. Both films were the Greek submissions for Best International Film at the Oscars. Early in her career Tsangari co-founded Haos Film, a filmmaker-run company and post-production studio based in Athens, Greece. In 2004, Tsangari was the projections designer and video director-producer for the Athens Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, which won an Emmy Award for Best Live Broadcast. Recently, Tsangari was a Director and Executive Producer on the BBC2/HBO Max series Trigonometry. She has been a jury member in Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Sundance and Toronto film festivals, and jury president in Venice (Orizzonti), Götteborg, and BFI London.


2010 The Slow Business of Going
2010 Attenberg
2012 The Capsule (short)
2015 Chevalier
2020 Trigonometry (TV)