The Dark Horse opens in Toronto this Friday
THE DARK HORSE, a story of a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life will be released at Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre in Toronto starting Friday, April 15th.
The film originally premiered in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards, Best Film at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) and 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), and was labeled by leading New Zealand critics as “One of the greatest New Zealand films ever made”.
Release Date – Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Cineplex Varsity Theatre in Toronto
Cast: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrence
Synopsis: Based upon a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, “Fear the Walking Dead”) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community.