|Thurs 4th June||7.45pm|
Dir: James Napier Robertson | New Zealand | 2014 |124 mins
Cast | Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
This utterly gripping, immersive New Zealand drama is based on the life of famed Māori speed-chess player and coach Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis – Whale Rider). Utterly brilliant at the game, he suffered profoundly from a bipolar disorder which saw him in and out of hospital all his life; but despite this formed a chess club, the Eastern Knights, for underprivileged children to offer them both chess tutelage as well as a home. Cliff Curtis gives a supremely powerful performance as the mercurial, passionate Gen, who must conquer his demons to lead his team to a national tournament. Superb.
“Muscular, visceral […] Cliff Curtis puts in a breathtaking performance” **** Mark Kermode, Observer
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