‘Queen of Katwe’, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Disney brings true life Ugandan story to TIFF
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)
STORY: ‘Queen of Katwe,’ about a young chess champion from the slums of Uganda, held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie follows a young girl who is living with her mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and siblings in poverty until she stumbles across a chess class run by a charity worker and ends up playing in international tournaments despite not having any formal education.
“I learned a lot about motherhood,” said Nyong’o. “I’m not a mother and yet I had to play a mother and I learned what it takes…. a bit about what it takes to provide for your family and to be concerned about so many people’s well-being. It’s almost like your heart is dislocated and running around and just feeling the fear, inhabiting the fear of a mother letting her chicks out every day to survive.”
‘Queen of Katwe’ is set for a U.S. release on September 23.