Everyday, in his little village in Russia,

the birch tress whisper, the roosters call, the dogs bark

and Vanya plays chess with Kolya.

One day a professional chess club

invites Vanya to join its team in New York.

The reality is good, but the dream is better.


Produced by Lux Fugit Film (Brussels) and Studio Kurier/Mosfilm (Moscow)

With Konstantin Chepurin, Dirk Liebert and Liudmila Vielikaya

Written and directed by Catherine Montondo

Camera: Oleg Bureyev