Queen to Play

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Queen to Play
QueenToPlay poster.jpg
Directed by Caroline Bottaro
Produced by Dominique Besnehard
Michel Feller
Jean-Philippe Laroche
Amelie Latscha
Screenplay by Caroline Bottaro
Based on La Joueuse d’échecs 
by Bertina Henrichs
Starring Sandrine Bonnaire
Kevin Kline
Valérie Lagrange
Music by Nicola Piovani
Cinematography Jean-Claude Larrieu
Edited by Tina Baz
Distributed by Zeitgeist Films (USA)
Release dates
  • August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05) (France)
Running time
96 minutes
Country France
Language French

Queen to Play (original title Joueuse, literally the feminine form of “player”) is a 2009 French-German film directed by Caroline Bottaro. The film is distributed in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films.


The film stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid on the island of Corsica. She develops an interest in chess. She has been cleaning the house of an American doctor (played by Kevin Kline in his first French-speaking role), and he begins helping her practice and improve. She must deal with her growing fascination with the game and with her husband and teenaged daughter.




The film had its world premiere on April 25, 2009 in both New York City and Los Angeles, at the Tribeca Film Festival [1] and the ColCoa Film Festival [2] respectively. The film had a national release in France on August 5, 2009 and was set for release in Germany on January 7, 2010.

The film was released in the United States beginning April 1, 2011.

Cunningham Defence[edit]

At the end of the film Hélène starts a game without a board with Kroger the moves given are a variation of King's Gambit Accepted (KGA) opening featuring the first 10 moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Nc3 Bh4+ 5.Ke2 d5 6.Nxd5 Nf6 7.Nxf6+ Qxf6 8.d4 Bg4 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.c3 0-0-0


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