Fahim, the Little Chess Prince

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    Feature Film | 2018-2019 | France


    Brief synopsis

    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.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Isabelle NantyMathilde [L]
    Gérard DepardieuSylvain [L]
    Assad AhmedFahim [L]
    Mizanur RahamanNura [L]
    Sarah Touffic Othman-SchmittLuna [SR]
    Victor HerrouxLouis [SR]
    Tiago ToubiMax [SR]
    Alexandre NaudAlex [SR]
    Pierre GomméEliot [SR]
    Axel KeravecDufard [SR]
    Didier FlamandFressin [SR]


    1st ADLaure Prévost-Guarino
    Director of photographyRégis Blondeau
    1st assistant cameraJulien Pamart
    Casting directorMohamed Belhamar
    Costume designerBrigitte Calvet
    DirectorPierre-François Martin-Laval
    Script supervisorFrancine Cathelain
    EditorReynald Bertrand
    Key hair stylistKarine Meyer
    Key makeup artistKaatje Van Damme
    ComposerPascal Lengagne
    ProducerPatrick Godeau
    Production designerFranck Schwarz
    Production managerAngéline Massoni
    Unit managerPierre Py
    ScreenwriterPierre-François Martin-Laval
    ScreenwriterThibault Vanhulle
    ScreenwriterPhilippe Elno
    Production sound mixerMartin Boissau
    Sound re-recording mixerCyril Holtz
    Sound editorAlain Féat

    Production companies

    Waiting for Cinema [fr]
    Wild Bunch [fr]coproduction
    Alicéléo [fr]coproduction
    France 3 Cinéma [fr]coproduction
    Delta Cinéma [fr]coproduction

    Distributing companies

    Elle Driver [fr]International Sales
    Wild Bunch [fr]France (theatrical)


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatFranceCanal+ [fr]Friday, 15/01/2021, 8.15 AM
    RepeatBelgiumBe TV [be]Sunday, 20/12/2020, 9.00 AMBe 1
    RepeatBelgiumBe TV [be]Monday, 14/12/2020, 10.55 PMBe Ciné


    Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 16/10/2019