(Greece) – Chevalier, a Greek Film by Athina Rachel Tsangari, has been chosen as Greece’s submission to the Best Foreign Language category for the 2017 Academy Awards. The film was selected by the Greek Culture Ministry to represent Greece. Each year, Greece sends its top film for consideration in this category. Every year, each country is invited to submit its top choice. Greece has won the category on several occasions for films such as Blood on the Land (1965), Ipighenia (1977), and Dogtooth (2010), which have all received critical acclaim. Tsangari was an associated producer on Dogtooth.
Chevalier tells the story of six men who are on a yacht in the Aegean Sea who come together to play a game to determine who is the best. It’s a social satire and focuses on the issue of “macho supremacy”. So far, the film has won several awards including Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival, a jury special mention at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and a special jury price at the Cartagena International Film Festival.
Screen writers Yorgos Lanthimos’ adn Efthimis Filippou in a collaborative effort with Tsangari. It was produced by both Faliro House Productions and Haos Film, which is Tsangari’s project. The film was also backed by the Greek Film Center. This isn’t the first time Tsangari has been selected as a candidate to be nominated for an Oscar. Attenburg, which was released in 2011, was also selected. However, it didn’t make it to the final round and didn’t receive a nomination.
Each year, countries from all over the world are invited to select one film as a candidate for an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awardss. From there, the film enters a review process and if selected in the final round, it receives an Oscar nomination.