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Year of Production 2019

Fahim, the Little Chess Prince

English title: Fahim, the Little Chess Prince
Original title: Fahim
German title: Fahim
France, 2019

Director: Martin-Laval, Pierre François
Production company: Waiting for Cinéma
Co-producers: Wild Bunch, Alicéleo, France 3 Cinéma, CN8 Productions, Delta Cinéma, Fruits d'Hommes Productions
Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Length: 107 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrives in Paris with his father. Refused asylum, as illegal immigrants they spiral downwards into homelessness and desperation.
By a stroke of luck, Fahim is introduced to one of France’s top chess coaches, Sylvain (real name: Xavier Parmentier), who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose - his struggles on the chessboard mirroring both his victories and his crushing defeats in his battle for a normal life.
Fahim then rises through local and national tournaments only to be crowned France’s Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012.
The film tells the story of a child who learns to live without his mother and without his father, far from home, from his roots and his language. Fahim’s tale is not only a moving account of the grim realities that underlie a supposedly caring society, but also a heartwarming testimony to a father’s determination, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s courageous will to succeed.

Festivals:
Warsaw IFF 2019, Namur FF 2019 (awarded), Hamburg IFF 2019, Juniorfest Pilsen 2019, New York CFF 2020 (awarded), FIFEM Montreal 2020 (awarded)

World sales address/es:
Driver, Elle (FR)

Sold to:
Wild Bunch (F)