James Napier Roberyson, New Zealand 2014
English spoken - Dutch subtitles
Highly praised drama from New Zealand telling the true, impressive story of Genesis Potini, who fought for the future of disadvantaged children until his death in 2011. In spite of his own bipolar disorder, he taught them to play chess and fight for opportunities.
In a society in which it is difficult for a lot of young people to resist the temptation to stray from the straight and narrow, Potini tries to keep young people on track through chess. This involves overcoming the challenges of his condition and at times some pretty nasty criminals as well.The Dark Horse is buoyed by great acting from Cliff Curtis, familiar from Whale Rider (2002) and the epic Once Were Warriors (1994). The directing by young filmmaker James Napier Robertson, who also wrote the screenplay, also impresses. This film is often comical, at times raw, but above all intensely poignant. The Dark Horse is a film that resonates long after you leave the cinema
Amusing and raw, and above all intensely moving. Winner Audience Award IFFR 2015 & Opening Film Curaçao IFFR 2015.In its own country, New Zealand drama ‘The Dark Horse’ has been described by critics as one of the best films to emerge from that country in recent years.
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