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THE LUZHIN DEFENCE

by Marleen Gorris

synopsis

Set in the late 1920s, The Luzhin Defence tells the story of a shambling, unworldly chess Grand Master who arrives in the Italian Lakes to play the match of his life and unexpectedly finds the love of his life. Discovering his prodigious talent in boyhood overshadowed by his parents' failing marriage, Luzhin's lyrical passion for chess has become his refuge and rendered the real world a phantom.

original title: The Luzhin Defence
country: United Kingdom
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Marleen Gorris
film run: 112'
screenplay: Peter Berry
cast: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson, Christopher Thompson, Fabio Sartor
cinematography by: Bernard Lutic
film editing: Michael Reichwein
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Caroline Wood, Stephen Evans, Louis Becker, Philippe Guez
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