The first Israeli to compete for the title of World Chess Champion
The World Chess Championship is a juicy battle, rife with passion, power and money. Boris Gelfand has spent his entire life getting ready for this moment; he was raised to become a champion since the age of six. His father devoted all his life to cultivating Boris' talent while obsessively documenting the process. The photo albums tell the father's story as much as that of the son, revealing a simple truth about a man living his own dreams through his son under the Soviet regime. Can any child, given fine Soviet education, become a genius? And is becoming a genius worth the price?
A film by Halil Efrat
Best Script for Non- fiction Award, TELAS TV Festival Brazil, November 2014
Best Director of Documentary Film Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival, July 2012
Embassy Minsk, Belarus, December 2014
Off Cinema, Poland, November 2014
Baku International Short Film Festival, November 2014
TELAS TV Festival Brazil, November 2014
Beldocs International Film Festival 2014
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2014
Washington Jewish Film Festival, March 2014
Jerusalem International Film Festival, July 2013
31st Milano International FICTS Festival – Special Award 2013 nominee
"A wonderful display of the documentary director's art. Turning the world chess championship into a nerve-wracking drama and a careful examination of the impact of parental ambition".
Producers: Lee Yardeni And Aviram Buhris
Editor & Screenplay : Halil Efrat
Cinematographer: Vitali Karivich
Sound Designer: Aviv Aldema
Original Music: Lemez Lovas & Yaniv Fridel
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