Planet Kirsan

Director: Magdalena Pięta

written & directed by Magdalena Pięta director of photography Michał Popiel-Machnicki edited by Mateusz Romaszkan music by Maciej Cieślak sound by Agnieszka Janowska colour correction by Anna Sujka production manager Agnieszka Janowska producer Krzysztof Kopczyński co-producer Witold Będkowski produced by Telewizja Polska, Eureka Media co-financed by The Polish Film Institute, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza


Over the hills and far away, in the middle of the Russian steppe, you will find Chess City. It was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation. In Kalmykia, there also lives a boy called Alekhan, who dreams of becoming the World Chess Champion. And his younger brother Amir, who shares the same dream. The road to make their dreams come true passes through the Chess Competition in Chess City.


Magdalena Pięta
Born in 1979. A graduate of University of Warsaw and the National Film School in Łódź. Director of documentary and short feature films.