2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier

Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier

Sundance World Dramatic Comp programmers have been strong supporters of new Greek cinema, and especially welcoming towards Athina Rachel Tsangari who has technically been present for four straight years. In 2011, ATTENBERG landed at the fest’s Spotlight section, in 2012 she was a Creative Advisor for the Directors Lab, in 2013 her short The Capsule was included and finally in 2014 she was part of the cast make-up of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. If it could land a coveted Premieres category launchpad, it could be raining men with Tsangari’s Chevalier bypassing a spot at say heavyweights fests such as Cannes or Venice. It’s a longshot.

Gist: Written by Efthimis Filippou and Tsangari, this 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.

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

Prediction: Premieres category is a must with minimal chances for World Dramatic Comp.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)