FAHIM (FAHIM,THE LITTLE CHESS PRINCE)
Drama, Biopic, Comedy| France | 2019 | 107 min | French, Bengali (English and French subtitles)
Director: Pierre François Martin-Laval
With: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Nanty, Assad Ahmed, Mizanur Rahaman, Sarah Touffic Othman-Schmitt, Victor Herroux, Tiago Toubi, Alexandre Naud
Immigrants Story: Bangladesh
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, 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.
Youth Jury Award, Namur International Francophone Film Festival (Belgium 2019)
French Film Festival UK (2021)
Warsaw Film Festival (Poland, 2019)
Hamburg International Film Festival (Germany, 2019)
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.
— Pierre François Martin-Laval, Director
Your heart will be in your throat for this stranded, but spunky father-son duo, so do run to this uplifting biography of the real Fahim Mohammed, directed by Pierre-François Martin-Laval.Next time a man comes around selling roses at your restaurant table…buy one.
— Le News (Switzerland)