This new biopic follows the life of the extraordinary Black French composer, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
On April 7, 2023, Searchlight Pictures is set to release the new film CHEVALIER, which documents the extraordinary life of composer and violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Born around 1739 in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Saint-Georges was the son of a French former councilor and plantation owner and a Senegalese slave woman. As a young child, he was taken to France, where he trained as a swordsman and received music lessons from François-Joseph Gossec.
A contemporary of Mozart, Saint-Georges rose to the top of the musical world in France despite significant discrimination against him. His works have recently undergone a revival, and are being programmed increasingly by organizations throughout the country.
Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the film pairs the turbulence of Saint-Georges’ story with the unrest and instability of the period. It is thought that the Revolution is at least partially responsible for Saint-Georges’ lack of public profile until the last few decades.
You can view the trailer for CHEVALIER below.
Directed by Stephen Williams and the screenplay by Stefani Robinson, the movie will feature actors Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Marton Csokas, Alex Fitzalan, and Minnie Driver.