Now playing in limited release and expanding this weekend — after playing the Toronto International Film Festival — is director Mira Nair’s (Monsoon Wedding) adaptation of the Tim Crothers‘ book of the same name, Queen of Katwe. Scripted by William Wheeler, the film is based on the inspirational true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda who, after being introduced to the game of chess, pursues a dream of becoming an international chess champion. Lupita Nyong’o plays the girl’s protective mother and David Oyelowo plays her chess teacher. For more on the film, watch the trailer and read Matt’s review.
While at TIFF I was able to land an exclusive video interview with Mira Nair. She talked about memorable moments from filming, when she first heard about the incredible true story, how to use chess dramatically in the story, the flood sequence, shooting on location, and more. Check out what she had to say in the interview above and below you’ll find the official synopsis.