65th Cork International Film Festival

Fahim, The Little Chess Prince

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Eight-year-old Fahim arrives in Paris from Bangladesh with his father. Fahim is a promising chess player and his talent is immediately recognised by one of the top French coaches, Sylvain Charpentier (Gérard Depardieu). But while Charpentier prepares Fahim for the junior French championship, Fahim’s father struggles in vain to obtain legal immigrant status. This heartfelt drama is based on the true story of the French-Bangladeshi chess player and, since 2017, FIDE master Fahim Mohammad.


(Copy written by Anna Kopecká)


Presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland.



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  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    107 minutes
  • Language
    French
  • Country
    France
  • Note
    Subtitled
  • Director
    Pierre Francois Martin-Laval
  • Screenwriter
    Francine Cathelain
  • Producer
    Patrick Godeau
  • Cast
    Isabelle Nanty, Gerard Depardieu, Assad Ahmed
  • Cinematographer
    Regis Blondeau
  • Composer
    Pascal Lengagne