(Cuba, 2019) Drama / 77 min / Spanish w English Subtitles / Rated 16+
Dir: Emmanuel Martín
Santiago de Cuba, 1966-2018. Three stories about chess. Raul is a chess teacher, jazz musician, street player and gambler who maintains a tense relationship with his ex-wife, Rachel, and Fernando, the stepfather of his son Mateo. Osdalgia Vidaux is a female chess GrandMaster, devout christian and a mother playing in the National Championship. She must win if she wants to participate in the World Cup for Cuba. Pedro and Pablo are 11 years old boys whose friendship begins over the game during the chess frenzy that overtook the country during the 1966 Chess Olympics in Havana. Fifty-two years later, the game continues for these two old men, diabetics and disabled.
Emmanuel Martin is a filmmaker from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. His first short movie was “Santiago City” (2003) and he has made ten since including horror and film noir genres. “Chess Stories” is his first feature film. He is heavily influenced by Jim Jarsmusch and Takeshi Kitano, “because they like to tell stories about the underdogs, gamblers, players, working class people.”