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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2014 - 18.27 July

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Category: Edition 2014


New York. Max, 10 years old, is happily ensconced at her school but when the opportunity arises for her to switch to the Blackstone Academy, a prestigious private school, she feels obliged to do so. Max doesn’t fit in instantly in the new school, amidst rich and privileged girls. One day she stops by the chess club thinking that someone can teach her how to play but she is humiliated by Isabella, one of her new classmates. On the way home, Max walks by Washington Square Park with its tables full of chess players. One of the players in particular, grizzled and grouchy Norman, catches her eye. She approaches and asks him to teach her how to play. Norman is initially disinclined but Max’s boldness convinces him to give her a chance. Norman has an unusual way of seeing the chess board: for him it’s a reflection of the reality. As her chess expertise grows, Max will be ready to go take responsibility for her choices.

Original Title A LITTLE GAME
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 92’
Production Year 2014
Nationality USA
Directed by Evan Oppenheimer
Screenplay Evan Oppenheimer
Director of photography Derek McKane
Editor Greg King
Production Design Nazanin Shirazi
Costume Design Allison Pearce
Music Peter Lurye
Main cast Makenna Ballard (Max Kuftinec)
F. Murray Abraham (Norman Wallach)
Ralph Macchio (Tom Kuftinec)
Janeane Garofalo (Sarah Kuftinec)
Olympia Dukakis (Yaya)
Fátima Ptacek (Isabella Diaz)
Produced by Michael Mailer

A-LITTLE-GAME-director-stillEvan Oppenheimer

After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in English, Evan Oppenheimer was an editor for three years at Atheneum Publishers. He then moved on to NYU Film School. His student film CROSS ROAD BLUES won first prize at the University Film & Video Association Student Film Festival. In 1999 he directed his first feature film, THE AUTEUR THEORY. Afterwards he made the feature films JUSTICE (2003), ALCHEMY (2005), THE SPEED OF THOUGHT (2011). A LITTLE GAMEis his fifth feature film.



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