Who we are
HAOS FILM was born in 1997 in Austin, Texas, as a collaboration between director/producer Athina Rachel Tsangari and editor/designer Matt Johnson.
In 2004 it was our honor to produce all the video aspects of the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games.
We founded our production company in downtown Athens in 2007. As a producer HAOS has collaborated with innovative filmmakers such as Yorgos Lanthimos (producing his “Kinetta” and “Alps”, associate producing his Oscar©-nominated “Dogtooth”). In 2012 HAOS was the Greek production-services company for Richard Linklater’s Oscar©-nominated “Before Midnight”.
We have produced four award-winning films directed by Athina herself: “The Slow Business of Going” (2001), “Attenberg” (2010 - winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival), “The Capsule” (2012), and “Chevalier” (2015 - winner of Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards)
Always devoted to discovering and supporting young talent, HAOS' latest production was Georgis Grigorakis' debut feature "Digger", which premiered at the Panorama section of the 70th Berlinale and was awarded the Art Cinema CICAE Award. Digger was also awarded the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor at the 26th Sarajevo FF, the Silver Alexander Special Jury Award at the 61st Thessaloniki IFF, and 10 Iris Awards by the Hellenic Film Academy in 2021.
Our next project coming out in 2022 is the creative documentary feature "Ladies in Waiting" by Ioanna Tsoucala.
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Director - Producer - Writer
Athina Rachel Tsangari’s "Attenberg" (2010) premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Coppa Volpi Award. Her feature "Chevalier" (2015) won Best Film at the BFI-London Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Film
at the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were official Greek submissions to the Academy Awards.
She’s been a filmmaker-in-residence at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard, where she taught as a visiting professor; and a DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin as she developed her stage directorial debut, Wedekind’s Lulu, commissioned by the legendary Austrian Salzburg Festival.
She has been a jury member at Cannes Cinéfondation, Berlinale, Locarno, and Toronto, and jury president in Venice (Orizzonti), Götteborg, and BFI London.
With producer Christos V. Konstantakopoulos she co-founded
the annual Oxbelly Screenwriting and Directing Lab in Greece.
Recently she was the lead director and executive producer for the BBC/HBO Max series “Trigonometry”, which premiered in 2020.
Editor - Writer - Colorist
Matt Johnson has been Athina’s primary editor and creative partner for all of her multitude of films and art projects – from the lo-fi travel epic “The Slow Business of Going” (2000) to the yacht comedy “Chevalier” (2015) to her BBC/HBO Max series “Trigonometry” –
from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games to video installations at the Beijing Capital Museum, Barneys New York, and the Acropolis.
As editor and colorist he has worked with a wildly diverse array of cutting-edge artists such as Dimitris Papaioannou, the Rimini
Protokoll, Bani Khoshnoudi, and the Karrabing Video Collective.
Currently he and Tsangari are co-writing several future projects, including a dark-comic Western set on an alien moon and
a comedy about a family of thieves trying to take a vacation.