Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe
  • 2016
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mira Nair
  • Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o
  • UK release: 21 October 2016

Biopic of Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga), a girl from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, who turned out to have a genius for chess. Confidently heartwarming stuff, if a little predictable, with a wonderfully engrossing performance from Nalwanga and classy support from Oyelowo as Phiona's coach and Nyong'o as her mother.

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Queen of Katwe

11 Oct 20164 stars

LFF 2016: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o ably flank first-timer Madina Nalwanga in a likeable, chess-themed biopic

Given that even the most ardent enthusiast would struggle to sell chess as a spectacle, how do you go about making this most cerebral of board games cinematically interesting? If 2013's Computer Chess went wildly leftfield with its monochromatic…

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