Director: James Napier Robertson • New Zealand
An inspirational yet streetwise true story, The Dark Horse follows Maori speed chess champion Genesis “Gen” Potini (Cliff Curtis, Whale Rider), a volatile presence with bipolar disorder, as he teaches the game to an after-school club for underprivileged youth. Facing down better-educated peers, Gen’s squad must prove this game can be a way out of a dead-end future. Tough and honest, this chess film deserves to be kinged.
Run Time: 124 Min.
Festival Program: World Cinema
Official Website: http://www.thedarkhorsefilm.com/