Fahim

Original title: Fahim
Director: Pierre-François Martin-Laval
Cast: Isabelle Nanty, Gérard Depardieu, Assad Ahmed
Country: France
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 107
Language: French, Bengali
Subtitles: English, Czech
Sales: Elle Driver
Section: Generation

Eight-year-old chess enthusiast Fahim and his father leave their native Bangladesh for a possible new home in Paris. But their asylum in France is not granted, so they stumble in illegality and homelessness. By a lucky coincidence, Fahim is introduced to one of the best French chess coaches (Gérard Depardieu), who sees his talent. Chess victories and losses reflect Fahim's fight for a normal life. The film won the Junior Jury Prize at the Festival of French Film in Namur, Belgium.

Pierre-François Martin-Laval

The French director, screenwriter and theatre and film director got famous as a part of the Le Robins des Bois comedy group, which performed on the Comédie! TV channel. His directing debut came in 2006 with Essaye-moi, and he used the popular concept of the worst teachers chosen for the worst school in Serial Teachers and in its sequel. Fahim is his sixth feature.

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