The Tournament

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France | 2015 | 83 minutes | Elodie Namer

When a 22-year-old French mastermind finds that his chief adversary at the 34th Budapest International Chess Tournament is an unknown 8-year-old prodigy, the seemingly invincible young man’s life begins to emotionally unravel in this driving thriller.

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It’s the 34th International Chess Tournament in Budapest and the French team is ready to succeed, placing its hope in Cal, a 22-year-old genius and master of the game. But for the young group of competitors, the tournament is just one aspect of the extended trip, as they spend the majority of their extended hotel stay partying, flirting with female players and fans, and making outrageous bets. (Cal shows up to his first match hung-over on tequila and still manages to swiftly defeat his opponent.) Cal’s cockiness takes a hit, however, when what appears at first to be an overbearing fan is actually an unknown eight-year-old chess prodigy with his sights set on defeating the wunderkind. Michelangelo Passaniti gives a strong debut performance in what is both a deep character study and a tense sports thriller about about what is really important in life. A beautifully shot and frenetically edited film about the choice between “going with the flow” or breaking away and making our own decisions.

Director Biography
Elodie Namer was a journalist for eight years before becoming a television screenwriter. The Tournament is her directorial debut.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE

  • Original Language Title: Le Tournoi
  • Director: Elodie Namer
  • Principal Cast: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou de Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Producer: Lola Gans
  • Screenplay: Elodie Namer
  • Cinematographers: Julien Poupard
  • Editors: Nicolas Desmaison
  • Music: Dombrance
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: MK2