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Knight Moves, 1h45
Directed by Carl Schenkel
Origin German
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Serial killer films, Films about chess
Actors Christopher Lambert, Diane Lane, Tom Skerritt, Daniel Baldwin, Katharine Isabelle, Arthur Brauss

They met only once, but back in 1972 David and Peter had left lasting impressions on one another, for one of them was stabbed continually with a fountain pen, leaving him with everlasting bodily scars. As for the other, his savage attack on his childhood opponent after his public humiliation and defeat was a catalyst that ended his parent's marriage, as his father left forever; his offspring discovered his mother dying, having been slashed with a broken bottle. This boy spent the next twenty years in and out of asylums and foster care. Now it seems he's become one of the youngest, most successful chess grandmasters in history. Brilliant if troubled widower with a precious daughter, he suddenly finds himself a suspect in his casual lover's murder. When more homicides occur Capt. Frank Sedman and his partner Det. Andy Wagner discover that a serial killer is at work on a Pacific Northwest island. With our chessmaster becoming more and more connected to the deaths, shrink Kathy Sheppard is brought in to figure out if this chess prodigy is as innocent as he claims to be.
Queen of Katwe
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Sports films, Films about chess, Children's films
Actors Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Mwine

Le parcours extraordinaire de Phiona Mutesi, une jeune prodige des échecs d'origine ougandaise.
Queen of Katwe, 2h4
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Jeu, Films about chess, Children's films
Actors David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Ntare Mwine

Pour Nalwanga, âgé de 10 ans, et sa famille, la vie dans le bidonville pauvre de Katwe à Kampala, en Ouganda, est une lutte constante. Sa mère, Harriet (Nyong’o), est farouchement déterminée à prendre soin de sa famille et travaille sans relâche, vendant des légumes sur le marché pour assurer que ses enfants soient nourris et aient un toit au-dessus de leurs têtes. Lorsque Phiona rencontre Robert Katende (Oyelowo), un joueur de football devenu missionnaire qui enseigne aux enfants les échecs, elle est captivée.
Fresh
Fresh (1994)
, 1h54
Directed by Boaz Yakin, J. Miller Tobin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Hip hop films, Films about chess, Gangster films
Actors Giancarlo Esposito, Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright, Jean-Claude La Marre, José Zúñiga

12-year-old Michael a.k.a. "Fresh" stops at a latina woman's apartment to pick up dime bags of heroin before he goes to school. Fresh notices that she has given him the wrong amount and Fresh tries to warn her that his boss Esteban will be angry with the incorrect amount. He sees the track marks on her arm, indicating that she is a drug addict trying to swindle him out of his delivery. He leaves, disgusted.
Searching for Bobby Fischer, 1h50
Directed by Steven Zaillian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Robert Stephens

Josh Waitzkin's family discovers that he possesses a gift for chess and they seek to nurture it. They hire a strict instructor, Bruce Pandolfini (played by Ben Kingsley) who aims to teach the boy to be as aggressive as chess legend Bobby Fischer. The title of the film is a metaphor about the character's quest to adopt the ideal of Fischer and his determination to win at any price. Josh is also heavily influenced by Vinnie, a speed chess hustler (Laurence Fishburne) whom he met in Washington Square Park. The two coaches differ greatly in their approaches to chess, and Pandolfini is upset that Josh continues to adopt the methods of Vinnie. The main conflict in the film arises when Josh refuses to accept Fischer's misanthropic frame of reference. Josh then goes on to win on his own terms.
Pawn Sacrifice, 1h54
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Tobey Maguire, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sophie Nélisse

American grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Union and its greatest player, Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), for the 1972 World Chess Championship.
The Dark Horse, 2h4
Directed by James Napier Robertson
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama
Themes Jeu, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Films about chess, Gangster films
Actors Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, James Napier Robertson, Kirk Torrance, Andrew Grainger, John Leigh

The Dark Horse is based on the real-life story of Genesis Potini, a brilliant, New Zealand chess player who suffered from severe bipolar disorder. Despite the challenges that came his way, Potini pushed forward to find his purpose in life by passing on his knowledge of chess to the community.
Queen to Play, 1h36
Directed by Caroline Bottaro
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Jeu, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Films about chess
Actors Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Valérie Lagrange, Alexandra Gentil, Alice Pol

The film stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid on the island of Corsica. She develops an interest in chess. She has been cleaning the house of an American doctor (played by Kevin Kline in his first French-speaking role), and he begins helping her practice and improve. She must deal with her growing fascination with the game and with her husband and teenaged daughter.
Life of a King
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Paula Jai Parker, Richard T. Jones

The film tells the true story of Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an ex-con who starts a chess club for inner-city youths in Washington, D.C..
Life of a King, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Paula Jai Parker, Richard T. Jones, Malcolm Mays

The film tells the true story of Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an ex-convict who starts the Big Chair Chess Club for inner-city youths in Washington, D.C..
A Chess Dispute, 1minutes
Directed by Robert W. Paul
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess

À la terrasse d'un pub, deux jeunes gens élégants (blazers et chapeaux de paille) jouent aux échecs. L'un d'eux, profitant d'un moment d'inattention de son partenaire, déplace une pièce décisive. L'autre s'en aperçoit, une querelle s'installe, le tricheur se voit pincer le nez et riposte en aspergeant son adversaire d'eau de Seltz. Ils en viennent aux mains, renversent la table, roulent à terre, disparaissant à nos yeux. Le combat se poursuit, hors-champ, une jambe surgit, un bras brandissant une chaussure, les canotiers traversent les airs, les cravates, les vestes giclent en tous sens… Le serveur arrive, scandalisé, et remonte (dans le champ de la caméra) les deux querelleurs, couverts d'ecchymoses et étourdis de coups.
The Seventh Seal, 1h36
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Origin Suede
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Themes Jeu, Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Sports films, Films about chess, Films about viral outbreaks, Films based on plays
Actors Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill

Disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his nihilistic squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) return after fighting in the Crusades and find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. On the beach immediately after their arrival, the knight encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot), personified as a pale, black-cowled figure resembling a monk. The knight, in the middle of a chess game he has been playing alone, challenges Death to a chess match, believing that he can forestall his demise as long as the game continues. Death agrees, and they start a new game.
Uncovered
Uncovered (1995)
, 1h52
Directed by Jim McBride
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Peinture, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Kate Beckinsale, John Wood, Sinéad Cusack, Helen McCrory, Paudge Behan, Art Malik

Julia, an art restorer living in Barcelona, Spain, discovers a painted-over message on a 1471 Flemish masterpiece called La partida de ajedrez (The Chess Game) reading "Qvis Necavit Eqvitem", written in Latin (English: "Who killed the knight?").
Chess Fever, 18minutes
Directed by Vsevolod Poudovkine
Genres Comedy
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Vladimir Fogel, Boris Barnet, Mikhail Zharov, Yakov Protazanov, Anatoli Ktorov, Youli Raizman

The hero's (Vladimir Fogel) preoccupation with chess leads to him missing his own wedding ceremony, but the marital peace is restored with the help of the World Chess Champion, José Raúl Capablanca.
Return from the Ashes, 1h45
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Maximilian Schell, Ingrid Thulin, Samantha Eggar, Herbert Lom, Talitha Getty, Vladek Sheybal

Shortly before the Nazi invasion of France, Dr. Michele Wulf (Thulin) encounters the younger Stanislaus Pilgrin (Schell) over a game of lightning chess, not being aware that Pilgrin is a chess master. She becomes intrigued with the fortune-hunting Pilgrin and the two begin a liaison. Upon the Nazi invasion, in order to protect Michele, who is Jewish, Stan marries her, to no avail it turns out when the Gestapo arrests her and sends her to a concentration camp.