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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: 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)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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