Chessmates

2013

Fiction/Commercial, 1,42 minutes, HD (Arri Alexa), 16:9, Dolby Digital, UK, 2013.

ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

SYNOPSIS:

Set in the year 1800, ‘Chessmates’ is the story of two noble men competing in a game of chess; one English, the other French, Lord Alistair is on top of a cliff in Dover, Sieur Duplantier a cliff in Calais. Their hired translator, Mr. Nevile, swims back and forth across The English Channel to deliver and translate the moves of each player. As an extravagant metaphor, the character of Mr. Nevile undertakes an inhuman effort so that the two men can communicate and play their game of chess. Oblivious to the monumental effort required of the translator, they play their game while behaving like perfect noble men. Featuring charming characters, ‘Chessmates’ uses humor and a direct cinematic style to deliver a simple message: There is no game if there is no communication.

 

Englishman

Frenchman

Swimmer

BENJI MING

DAVID BERTRAND

GREG BALDOCK



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MIKEL GURREA

LOUISE MALIN

CHARLIE GOODGER

ISONA RIGAU

JOHANNES BOCK

LIM TING LI

ALEX HARWOOD

MIMI MILBURN-FOSTER

DOYCHIN MARGOEVSKY

JESSICA RICHARDSON

CARLA SIMÓN PIPO

DAPHNÉE HOCQUARD

MARK KHALIFE

STEPHEN KENNY

SCOTT CLAYDON

JAMES BENSON

SUZIE FRIZE-WILLIAMS
GEORGE HAYWARD

PRIX Europa Awards – Nominated.