According to Variety, Los Angeles-based distributor Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the critically acclaimed Greek satirical comedy, Chevalier.
Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg), the film centers on six men stranded on a luxury yacht on the Aegean Sea who start competing with each other to see who has the best overall skills.
Chevalier premiered at Locarno and played at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. It garnered the top prize of Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this year, with the Official Competition jury stating “Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athina Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity.” At the New York Film Festival, Tsangari was honored as the 2015 NYFF Filmmaker in Residence.
Strand Releasing previously handled the distribution of Tsangari’s Attenberg and her short, Capsule. Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing in a statement said “(Tsangari) is an absolute delight to collaborate with and we know Chevalier will be met with both critical and commercial interest,” On her part, Tsangari stated “I feel fortunate that my films are being shepherded to U.S. audiences by one of the oldest, lasting bastions of international cinema, and to be having so much fun doing it because these guys are true blue.”
Strand Releasing is planning a springtime release for Chevalier.