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)

Film Reviews:

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)