Queen to Play

Queen to Play
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, the feminine form of “player”) is a 2009 French-German film directed by Caroline Bottaro.


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 national release in France was on August 5, 2009 and in Germany on January 7, 2010. The film is distributed in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films and was released there on April 1, 2011.


  1. Queen to Play at Tribeca Film Guide Archive
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
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