Dir. Yossi Aviram (68min, Israel/Hungary, 2014)
Hungarian, English and Hebrew with English Subtitles
The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised in 1970s Communist Budapest to be chess masters. The Polgár sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born.
László Polgár believed that “geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters. The medium he chose was chess. No kindergarten, no school… Three girls, isolated from the normal world of kids, studied and practiced chess – with remarkable results.
During the four weeks he spent in Paris, he directed his second short film, Anna. After several documentaries, including Paris Return, broadcast on Arte in March 2010. Last year’s The Dune is his first feature film.