Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Chevalier,” the comedy about the war of male egos that premiered at Locarno before scooping two prizes in Sarajevo, and Best Film at the London Film Festival.
Tsangari’s flippant comedy “Attenberg,” from 2010, was a dark treat about a sexually precocious young woman obsessed with wildlife documentaries. This time with “Chevalier” she skewers male one-upmanship as a group of pals on a yacht fishing and diving vacation agree to compete in a game of grading everything about each other; the winner will accrue the most points at the end of the trip. They take this contest so seriously (as do their support staff) that they monitor everything from cholesterol and snoring levels to cabinet construction and literal dick measuring. “Chevalier” is yet another absurdly hilarious comedy of gender dynamics that could put Tsangari closer on the arthouse map to the more fanciful Lanthimos.
Tsangari was recently honored as the 2015 Artist in Residence for the 53rd New York Film Festival. Strand previously released “Attenberg,” and a Spring 2016 release is in the works for “Chevalier.” Strand’s other recent pickups include TIFF coming-of-ager “Closet Monster” and Venice winner “From Afar.”