The Dark Horse is a Kiwi film based on the life of Genesis Potini, a former chess champion trying to find purpose in his life after years in and out of mental institutions.
Staring Cliff Curtis, the story follows Potini as he searches for the courage to lead a group of young chess players to the national championships.
The film will screen at tonight's opening of the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Producer Tom Hern and writer-director James Mapier-Robertson say it took four-and-a-half years to get it from the page to the screen – but it has all been worth it.
The Dark Horse has been called a story so amazing, that if it was fiction no one would take it seriously.
Watch the video for the full interview with Hern and Mapier-Robertson.
source: newshub archive