Athina Rachel Tsangari

Greece | 2015 | 105 min

Greek | Subtitles : EN, DE, ES, UK, IT, FR

From 1 - 17 december 2017

Sight & Sound

Chevalier emerges as that fascinating and seemingly paradoxical thing: a feminist film in which women are virtually absent from the screen.

Best Film - BFI London FF
Greek submission for the Academy Awards
Locarno Festival
Toronto IFF


In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the "Chevalier."

  • Starring: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas, Yiannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Orfanos, Kostas Philippoglou
  • Production: Faliro House/International Sales: The Match Factory

Prominent member of the Greek new wave, expert in intricate narrative apparatuses, Athina Rachel Tsangari delivers with Chevalier a dark and cruel comedy on masculinity, in which she invents the rules of a game that exposes the codes of chauvinism. Chevalier is a political fable on the domination and competition that govern our occidental societies.

Olivier Père

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari

It helps me working with genre as a template and then stripping it down. I don't separate form from content. To me they're inseparable: Siamese twins not separated at birth.

Athina Rachel Tsangari's sophomore feature ATTENBERG premiered in competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for its lead, Ariane Labed. Tsangari is the co-founder of Haos Film, a filmmaker-run production company based in Athens. Haos' producing credits include Yorgos Lanthimos' DOGTOOTH (2009) and ALPS (2011). Tsangari's medium-length film THE CAPSULE, commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art premiered in Locarno in 2012. In 2013, she was a co-producer on Richard Linklater's BEFORE MIDNIGHT, in which she also appeared as an actor. For the 70th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival she contributed the science fiction short 24 FRAMES PER CENTURY (2013). DUNCHARON, her sci-fi comedy in development, was awarded the ARTE France Cinéma award for best project at Rotterdam's CineMart.