The Dark Horse


St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Tue, Apr 14, 2015 2:45 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 4 Fri, Apr 17, 2015 6:30 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
English Title:The Dark Horse
Program:World Cinema
Tags:Comedy Drama
Social Justice
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Voice Category:Travel the World
Release Year:2014
Type:Narrative Feature
Country/Region:New Zealand
Print Source:Seville International
Director:James Napier Robertson
Producer:Tom Hern
Cinematographer:Denson Baker
Editor:Peter Roberts
Principal Cast:Cliff Curtis
James Rolleston
Kirk Torrance
Xavier Horan
Screenwriter:James Napier Robertson
Filmography:Everything We Loved
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Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis of Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider fame) is a New Zealand legend: a bipolar Maori who spent time in and out of institutions, he joined the Eastern Knights chess association and used chess to turn around the lives of some 15,000 Maori kids. This superbly realized biopic traces Potini’s damaged but ultimately rewarding life. And there is much humor to be found amongst the drama, especially from the many unbridled children — all damaged, all essentially still innocent — Potini teaches.

“An emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis. . . There’s a grit and a dread that hang over this underdog tale.” – The Hollywood Reporter.

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