CHEVALIER

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CHEVALIER

Athina Rachel Tsangari
GR, 2015
Fiction, 105min, OmdU

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CHEVALIER

Athina Rachel Tsangari
GR, 2015
Fiction, 105min, OmdU

Cast: 
Yorgos Kentros
Panos Koronis
Vangelis Mourikis
Makis Papadimitriou
Yorgos Pirpassopoulos
Sakis Rouvas
Yiannis Drakopoulos
Nikos Orfanos
Kostas Philippoglou
Screenplay: 
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Efthimis Filippou
Sound: 
Leandros Ntounis
Camera: 
Christos Karamanis
Editor: 
Matt Johnson
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Decoration: 
Anna Georgiadou
Costume: 
Vasileia Rozana

Production: 
Faliro House Productions, Haos Film, Nova, The Match Factory
World Sales: 
The Match Factory
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

It’s mid-winter. A group of six men are out on a fishing excursion when they discover a mechanical issue with their luxurious yacht, and quickly moor in a safe harbour to make repairs. While stuck there, they kill time by playing “Chevalier”, a game designed to determine who is “best in everything”. The winner earns a trophy ring from its previous holder – and no one is to get off the boat before the outcome has been determined.
Watching this film feels at first like observing an experiment in behavioral processes – but after a few days of the game, the dynamics developing on board begin to resemble absurdist theatre. The men exhibit a spectrum of feelings and actions, displaying their capacity for dominance and excellence, but also for embarrassment and humiliation. Each character’s moral mettle will eventually surface as the pressure mounts.
CHEVALIER is a study of male antagonism as seen through the eyes of a brilliant female filmmaker. Nevertheless, the film’s resonance transcends gender stereotypes. The silliness of competition itself is scrutinized and ridiculed with rigor and a sharp sense of humor. (Dimitri Eipides)