Oscar® winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, The Ice Storm) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Cérémonie) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) discovers her love for chess when, one day, she comes upon a couple (The L Word’s Jennifer Beals and Marie Antoinette’s Dominic Gould) engaged in an intense match. This obsession with the game, much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter, leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role)—a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Based on Bertina Henrichs’ acclaimed novel La Joueuse d’echec (The Chess Player), Queen to Play is the auspicious feature film debut of French director and screenwriter Caroline Bottaro.
“Like The Maid, Queen posits a radically different approach to class and gender empowerment!” -VARIETY
“Bonnaire delivers a beautifully modulated turn…. Kline, in his first entirely French-speaking role, intriguingly underplays as the mysterious Kroger.”
-THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
QUEEN TO PLAY will open April 1st at New York’s Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema. For more information and to watch the trailer visit www.zeitgeistfilms.com/queentoplay