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Fahim, the Little Chess Prince

Fahim, the Little Chess Prince

A Feature film by Pierre François Martin-Laval

Produced by Waiting for Cinéma

Release in France : 16/10/2019


    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.

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    Executive Producer :

    Patrick Godeau

    Sound Recordist :

    Martin Boissau

    Director of Photography :

    Régis Blondeau

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound Editor :

    Alain Féat

    Music Composer :

    Pascal Lengagne

    Costume designer :

    Brigitte Calvet

    Location Manager :

    Pierre Py

    Assistant director :

    Laure Prevost

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre François Martin-Laval, Thibault Vanhulle, Philippe Elno

    Production manager :

    Angeline Massoni

    Editor :

    Reynald Bertrand

    Production Designer :

    Franck Schwarz

    Casting :

    Mohamed Belhamar

    Sound Mixer :

    Cyril Holtz

    Production secretary :

    Francine Cathelain

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 47 min

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