Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #47. Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier

Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier

Chevalier

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari // Writers: Efthymis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s arresting sophomore film Attenberg made a powerful impression when it screen at the Venice Film Festival in 2010, cementing her importance as part of the new Greek Weird Wave movement. She’s dabbled here and there since as an executive producer, popped up in Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013), and directed a haunting short in 2012, “The Capsule.” She’s back with her third feature, Chevalier, and pairs with one of the behind-the-scenes names of the cinematic movement, Efthymis Filippou, who wrote three features for Yorgos Lanthimos (including the up and coming The Lobster). The film is about a group of men is returning from a winter fishing trip on a yacht. When a mechanical problem leaves them trapped on their boat, somewhere in the gulf of Saronikos, they will kill their time playing a game they devise called Chevalier. Chevalier is an entertaining and highly competitive game. No one intends to get off the yacht without being crowned its winner.

Cast: Sakis Rouvas, Vangelis Mourikis, Panos Koronis

Producers: Faliro House Productions’ Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Haos Film’s Maria Hatzakou

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: We’d had this pegged as a long-shot to show up at Sundance, but no dice. It looks like we’re going to wait for either Cannes or a return trip to Venice.

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Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)