Chevalier

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Greece | 2015 | 99 minutes | Athina Rachel Tsangari

While sailing together in the middle of the Aegean Sea, six male friends engage in a series of escalating contests of manhood—from assembling IKEA furniture to comparing erections—in an absurdist farce of male ego from the director of Attenberg.

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Leave it to a woman (Attenberg director Athina Rachel Tsangari) to make the squirm-inducing satire that machismo so richly deserves. Six relatively well-to-do, middle-aged male friends and business associates are enjoying some time away from it all on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea. Someone suggests a game of chevalier to while away the last couple of days. It's a contest of manhood, in which each of them will suggest a test or a trial, and everyone scores his competitors on such manly qualities as IKEA flatpack assembly, sleeping, and, inevitably, erection size. They can also win, or lose, points for deportment, sociability, and savoir faire. If "Esquire" were a reality TV show, it might resemble Chevalier (and frankly, it wouldn't be surprising if someone snapped up the remake rights). For the most part, though, Tsangari goes for the slow burn; this is dry, mordant observational comedy rather than gross-out slapstick or caricature. That said, there is more than enough here to mortify any male of a certain age, and delight the women who put up with him.

Director Biography
Athina Rachel Tsangari was born in Athens, Greece. She studied performance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and film directing at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first film job was a small role in Richard Linklater's 1991 Slacker. Her second feature, Attenberg, premiered in the main competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010.

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  • Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Principal Cast: Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
  • Country: Greece
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Maria Hatzakou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Screenplay: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Cinematographers: Christos Karamanis
  • Editors: Matt Johnson, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: London Film Festival 2015 (Best Film), Sarajevo Film Festival 2015 (Best Ensemble), Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Attenberg (2010); The Slow Business of Going (2000)
  • Language: Greek
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: The Match Factory