“Queen to Play,” a 2011 French film directed by Caroline Bottaro, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
Hélène (Sandrine Bonnaire) works as a chambermaid at a hotel in Corsica and as part-time house cleaner for a retired and widowed American doctor, Dr. Krôger (Kevin Kline, in an entirely French-speaking role).
A casual observation of a chess game gets her interested and gradually obsessed with the game that she teaches herself on an electronic chess set that she had bought for her dockworker husband Ange (Francis Renaud), who is not interested.
She persuades Krôger to teach her more; they develop a fascinating relationship over the chessboard. Hélène turns out to have great talent and wins her first tournament. Her new confidence and the recognition from family (including her teenage daughter), friends and strangers fundamentally changes her life.