READ MORE: Locarno Review: ‘Chevalier’ is a Buddy Comedy With a Bigger Purpose From Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari has been leading the charge of Greek New Wave cinema in recent years, and her latest, “Chevalier,” has drawn much praise on this year’s festival circuit. Described as a “comedy of manners,” the film had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August and went on to screen at festivals in New York and Toronto.
Set on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea, “Chevalier” details an unusual game between six male acquaintances that is designed to prove which one is the most masculine of the group. In a largely positive review out of Locarno, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn raved, “Gorgeously shot almost exclusively within the confines of the boat, ‘Chevalier’ joins Roman Polanski’s ‘Knife in the Water’ in the small pantheon of movies that wield that setting to their advantage. With few distractions, the entire narrative revolves around the nuances of facial expressions and body language. The movie presents these details like puzzle pieces with no precise fit.”
Strand Releasing previously released Tsangari’s “Attenberg” and her short film “Capsule.” The deal was brokered between Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing and Thania Dimitrakopoulou of The Match Factory.
“We’re thrilled to be working again with Athina,” said Hu in an official statement. “She’s an absolute delight to collaborate with and we know ‘Chevalier’ will be met with both critical and commercial interest.”
“I’m excited to be working again with Marcus and Jon at Strand,” added Tsangari. “I feel fortunate that my films are being shepherded to U.S. audiences by one of the oldest, lasting bastions of international cinema, and to be having so much fun doing it because these guys are true blue.”
Strand Releasing plans for a spring 2016 release.