Queen to Play

World Premiere

Germany, France | 96 MINUTES | French |


Drama, Female Director(s)
An inquisitive French Riviera hotel maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) becomes entranced by a vacationing couple (Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould) as they play chess on the hotel balcony. Tired of her humdrum existence, she quickly cultivates her curiosity for the game into an obsession. Her working-class husband doesn't share her fascination with the game, so she employs the help of the American expat and retired doctor (Kevin Kline) whose house she cleans a few times a week. As her passion for the game increases, her natural talent and hard work (done mostly in secret) lead her to a chance at a championship and a new shot at life.

First-timer Caroline Bottaro makes a solid debut in this uplifting and intricate film, adapted from Bertina Henrichs' novel The Chess Player. The always-charismatic Kline is impressive in his first entirely French-speaking role, and Bonnaire's rich central performance absolutely illuminates the screen. Bottaro reminds us that chess and life are often analogous, and that it is not necessarily how we start out that matters, but how we finish that is the most important.


Directed by Caroline Bottaro and Caroline Bottaro

Caroline Bottaro lives in Paris, France. In 1995 she wrote and directed the short film La Mère, starring Nathalie Baye. Bottaro wrote several films directed by Jean-Pierre Améris: Le Bateau de mariage (1993), Les Aveux de l'innocent (1996), La Fille préférée (2000), and C'est la vie (2001). Queen to Play is her first feature film.
Caroline Bottaro
Tina Baz
Director of Photography
Jean-Claude Larrieu (AFC)
Nicola Piovani
Primary Cast
Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals, Valérie Lagrange, Alexandra Gentil
Caroline Bottaro, Caroline Maly, Jeanne Le Guillou
Production Designer
Emmanuel de Chauvigny
Dominique Besnehard, Micher Feller, Amelie Latscha


Press Contact
Michel Feller
Mon Voisin Productions
3 rue du Bois de Boulogne Paris, 75116
Phone: + 331 77 35 07 23
Director's Agent
Cécile Felsenberg
1 rue Elzévir Paris, 75003
Phone: 33 1 44 54 26 40
Main Contact
Jean-Philippe Laroche
3 rue du Bois de Boulogne Paris, 75116
Phone: +331 77 35 07 23