Greece has entered the acclaimed film Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari as their official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards to be held in 2017.
Chevalier stars Yiorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos and Sakis Rouvas, and is about six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht in the middle of the Aegean Sea who decide to play a game. During the game, things will be compared, things will be measured, songs will be butchered and blood will be tested. Friends become rivals and rivals become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man and wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.
The film was named best Film in the Official Competition at the London Film Festival and had premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival last year.
Despite a financial and refugee crisis, limited resources and a cloud of uncertainty hanging over it, Greece has managed to produce some of the best cinema in recent years. From Lanthimos to Tsagari, the world has taken note of the extraordinary feat from this small country which still manages to punch above its weight and produce creative giants.