The Capsule is a Greek Gothic mystery film by Athina Rachel Tsangari commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art as a motion picture “capsule” for its destefashiocollection. Tsangari curated the 2012 edition by selecting avant-garde designers who boldly challenge the boundaries of fashion as wearable sculpture, re-agitating the ongoing essential dialogue between cinema, fashion, and the fine arts. The film features a distinguished all-female international cast, including Ariane Labed, winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress in Tsangari’s Attenberg at the Venice Film Festival; Clémence Poésy, known for her roles in the Harry Potter series; and Isolda Dychauk, the lead in Aleksander Sokurov’s Faust.

The book, published in a limited edition of 200 copies, is furthermore a documentation of the circular collaborative process between Tsangari and her co-writer, Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska whose haunting paintings inspired the Capsule‘s cinematic tableaux – which in their turn inspired pictorial adaptations by Waliszewska. The Capsule had its world premier at dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, and the Locarno film festival during the summer of 2012.

Edited by:
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Year of publication:
English / Paperback / 23 x 30 cm / 224 pages