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Exclusive Poster Premiere for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s ‘Chevalier’

Exclusive Poster Premiere for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s 'Chevalier'

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.

READ MORE: Locarno Review: ‘Chevalier’ is a Buddy Comedy With a Bigger Purpose From Athina Rachel Tsangari

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.

READ MORE: Watch: Exclusive ‘Chevalier’ Teaser Will Baffle You with Bizarre Exploits and Games

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.)

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