The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised in Communist Budapest of the 1970s to be chess masters.

The Polgar sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that “Geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters. The medium he chose was chess.

No kindergarten, no school…. Three girls, isolated from the normal world of kids, studied and practiced chess – with surprising and remarkable results.


The Polgar Variant

Doc, 68 min, 2014

Written and Directed by: Yossi Aviram
Produced by: Ayelet Kait & Amir Harel – Lama Productions
Sponsored by: The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, the Marc Rich Foundation, The Second Authority for TV & Radio
language: Hebrew, English and Hungarian with English subtitles

DVD Release Date:01 June 2017

Synopsis


The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised in Communist Budapest of the 1970s to be chess masters.

The Polgar sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that “Geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters. The medium he chose was chess.

No kindergarten, no school…. Three girls, isolated from the normal world of kids, studied and practiced chess...

Festivals

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2015
  • Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2015

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  • The Polgar Variant,” a 2014 documentary helmed by Israeli Yossi Aviram, is a mystery wrapped inside a puzzle wrapped inside an enigma. No murder is committed; there’s no blood splatter. But the film leaves the viewer speculating long into the night. For the entire review by Andrea Jacobs, check:

    FW: http://www.ijn.com/leisure/leisure/5925-best-of-the-jewish-film-fest

Festivals

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2015
  • Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2015
  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2015
  • Lasalle Cevennes International Documentary Film Festival, France, 2015
  • Philadelphia Festival of Israeli Film, USA, 2015
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • Fipa Biarritz International Film Festival – Official Competition, France, 2015
  • NY Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2015
  • Zagreb Israeli Film Week, Croatia, 2014
  • New York Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • Manhattan JCC, 2015
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2015
  • UK Jewish Film Festival, 2014
  • The Jerusalem Film Festival - Official Competition, 2014

Educational

  • Stanford University
  • Yad VaShem Visual Center
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Max Euwe Centrum, The Netherlands
  • Greenberg Families Library, Canada
  • Museum of Jewish Art & History, Paris
  • Arizona State University
  • Duke University