After being screened and accoladed at several international film festivals, ‘Algorithms’ is now making its way to the Indian theatres. PVR Director’s Rare that has always been at the forefront of supporting Independent cinema, will be releasing the movie on 21st August 2015. The film is directed by the sociologist and documentary filmmaker Ian McDonald. It will be screened in theatres across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi.
Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of blind chess in India. Filmed for over three years, Algorithms travels with three young blind chess players, one champion player turned pioneer and their story of competing in national and world level chess championships.The movie moves through the maze of the blind chess world and reveals the daily life struggles, anxieties and hopes of these players.
Speaking on the release, Mr. Sanjeev Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Group said,“PVR Director’s Rare is proud to be associated with such an acclaimed documentary like Algorithms. Ian McDonald has made a very soulful film and we are glad to present it. The movie will take you through aspirations, hope excitement of young blind chess players; it is definitely one of the best documentaries to come out in a while. ”
Director Ian McDonald said, “I am extremely thankful to PVR Director’s Rare for giving me the opportunity to showcase my film via their platform. The film is my first feature documentary; it is extremely close to my heart. It has gone across festivals in various countries, and appreciated. I am hopeful that Indian audience will also find a connection with my movie.”
The movie stars blind chess players Chardudutta Jhadav, Darpan Inani, SaiKrishna S.T and Anant Kumar Nayak.
‘Algorithms’ will be releasing across theaters in India on Aug 21, 2015.
Here’s the trailer –
Best Editing Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival, India. February 2014
Best Foreign Documentary Award at LA Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles. Oct 2014
Best Story Award at Krasnogorski International Festival of Sport Films, Moscow. April 2014
Prix du Patrimoine Culturel Immateriel at the Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris. Nov 2013
Best Film Trophy at Film South Asia 2013 at Kathmandu, Nepal. Oct 2013
Special Mention in the Best Documentary category at the Durban International Film Festival. July 2013
Audience Award at the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Films, UK. June 2013
Nominated for the Griersons the British Documentary Awards for Best Newcomer
Nominated for the National Film Awards, UK for Best Documentary
Language: English, Hindi, Tamil, Odiya
Director: Ian McDonald
Producer: Geetha J
Cast: Charudutta Jhadav, Darpan Inani, SaiKrishna S.T, Anant Kumar Nayak
Release Date: Aug 21, 2015