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The Chess Game

A Feature film by Yves Hanchar

Produced by Les Films des Tournelles

Release in France : 19/10/1994


    In 1928, Max, a roaming, suicidal child of twelve, meets Ambraoise, a disillusioned pastor. The young boy turns out to be a genius at the game of chess. They set off together to conquer the title of world chess champion. Fourteen years later, Mas has become a taciturn, strange, powdered dandy. With Ambroise, his trainer and protector, still at his side. Mas is confronted with the most condescending champion at that time, Lord Stauton, during a very suspicious tournament organized by the Marquise de Theux. A woman so consumed by her passion for game of chess that she will give her daughter, the ravishing Anne-Lise, to the winner of the tournament. In the elegant gardens of the chateau de Theux, a game full of intrigue and betrayal is about to unfold. In a dark world, where the game doesn't end on the board, the protagonists risk their lives and their souls.

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    France 3 Cinéma

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    Pyramide International

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    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Pascal Judelewicz

    Director of Photography :

    Denis Lenoir

    Production Manager :

    Raymond Spartacus

    Editor :

    Laurent Uhler

    Music Composer :

    Frédéric Devreese

    Still Photographer :

    Marc Detiffe

    Screenwriters :

    Patrick Bonte, Yves Hanchar

    Sound Recordist :

    Olivier Hespel

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Isabelle Sauvanon

    Production Designer :

    Pierre-François Limbosch

    Costume designer :

    Suzanne Van Well

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Switzerland, France

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    Minority French (Belgium, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR