Greek filmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari was this year’s top prize winner at the BFI London Film Festival Awards Saturday for her film “Chevalier”.
Tsangari’s film is a study of the male ego and macho rivalry, showcased by six men on a boat competing in absurd masculinity contests. “Chevalier” won the praise of Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski, president of the official competition jury, who called Tsangari a “brave and original filmmaker”.
The story unfolds in the Aegean Sea, where six men take a fishing trip on a luxury yacht, where the men decide to play a game, but the game takes an unexpected turn when the best man earns the victory ring, the Chevalier.
The film stars Yiannis Drakopoulos, Kostas Filippoglou Giorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis and Nikos Orfanos.
“Chevalier” beat diverse competition from entries including Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation”, a chilling portrait of child soldiers, and “Office”, a “financial world-set musical” from Hong Kong crime director Johnnie To.
“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,” Pawlikowski said.