No poster can fully convey the appealing oddity of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Chevalier,” but this new one-sheet provided exclusively to Indiewire comes close. The film, about a misbegotten competition between six not-quite-friends to crown “the best in general,” premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last summer and opens in New York on May 27, courtesy of Strand Releasing.
Tsangari, a leading figure in the Greek Weird Wave along with fellow countryman Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth,” “The Lobster”), first made a name for herself with the equally strange, and ultimately sweeter, “Attenberg.” This self-described “buddy movie without the buddies” begins with six men on a fishing trip who, for no real reason other than stubborn competitiveness, decide to spend their last few days together evaluating every single aspect of one another. The prize? A made-up title and a ring.
If you’ve seen pretty much any Greek movie made in the last five years, you likely won’t be surprised to learn that this setup lends itself to a number of bizarre situations with overtones of dread. It’s also ultimately a comedy — albeit a dark one. As evidenced by the fact that an Ennio Morricone ringtone only nets you +2 points, however, the scoring system is clearly arbitrary. (-32 points for over-blinking sounds about right, though.)