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From director James Napier Robertson, “The Dark Horse” brings an inspiration true story based on the life of Genesis ‘Gen’ Potini, which itself inspired the documentary of the same name.
Cliff Curtis stars as Potini Cliff Curtis, a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. Upon his release from an institution, he is released into the custody of his brother, the leader of a street gang planning the initiation of Gen’s teenage nephew, Mana. When Gen volunteers to coach young members of the Eastern Knights chess club, Mana is inspired to bring hope to the children of the club and turn his life around.
“The Dark Horse,” which has won numerous festival awards, including the Audience Award at Rotterdam and San Francisco, will hit theaters on April 1.