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By Rook or Left Hook - The Story of Chessboxing

OFFICIALSELECTION-SPORTFILMFESTIVALROTTERDAM-2021 (1)

DUTCH PREMIERE

7-10 December 2021 – Online (buy tickets here)

104′ | English dialogue | No subtitles

Director: David Bitton

Self-sabotaging London TV producer Tim Woolgar and self-promoting Berlin performance artist Iepe Rubingh fight for control of professional chessboxing, a sport Iepe invented which taxes mind and body through alternating rounds of chess and boxing. As Iepe attempts to reconcile art with commerce, Tim recklessly pours all of his finances into the sport and sees his personal life crumble as a result. Their opposing visions for chessboxing act as a reflection of the tensions inherent in the sport itself, and the ensuing battle outside the ring serves to illustrate the importance of achieving balance in an increasingly polarized world.