Santiago de Cuba, 1966-2018. Three stories about chess: “The teacher”, “National Chess Championship (W)” and “Diabetics”. Raul is a chess teacher, jazz musician, street player and gambler. He maintains a tense relationship with his ex-wife, Rachel, and Fernando, the stepfather of his son Mateo. Osdalgia Vidaux is a chess Grand Master, Christian devout and mother of family. She plays in the National Championship, and must win if she wants to participate in the World Cup. Pedro and Pablo are 11 years old children that engaged in a friendship through the science’s game in 1966, due to the fury of Chess that ruled the country for the Chess Olympics celebrated in Havana. 52 years later, they are two old men, diabetics and disables. Pablo’s daughter came to Santiago to take her old man to Havana. This could end the love for chess and friendship of many years for these two friends.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Emmanuel Martin is a filmmaker from Santiago of Cuba, Cuba. His first short movie was “Santiago city” (2003, 45 min, fiction). Until 2019, he has 10 short movies and his first feature film “Chess Stories”. He always makes his films in his hometown Santiago, that’s why he’s almost the only one filmmaker in Cuba who works outside Havana, the capital, ‘cause in his country, every filmmaker chooses to go there to shoot their movies. His favorites directors are Jim Jarsmuch and Takeshi Kitano, ‘cause he also likes to tell stories about losers, poor and working class’s people, gamblers, players, as well as these filmmakers. He’d worked as pizza seller and other streets business, but also as sport’s teacher and educator. His filmography includes short movies of horror and film noir.