Mikhail Tal. From a Far

Mikhail Tal. From a Far (Laiks, kura nav. Mihails Tāls), dir. Staņislavs Tokalovs, 59′16”, Latvia, 2016

A documentary exploring the unpredictable and tragic life of the genius world chess champion Mikhail Tal, Riga’s native son. Mikhail Tal becomes the youngest world chess champion at 23. The same year, he was diagnosed with incurable kidney disease and given only one year to live. Through sheer will and reckless abandon he managed to live another 40 years, filling them with a string of remarkable chess successes, unexplainable failures, amorous conquest and life threatening cat and mouse game with the KGB.

National Premiere 31.03.2016, Riga, Splendid Palace

Scriptwriter Stanislavs Tokalovs
Cinematographer Deniss Sorogins
Producer Guntis Trekteris

Production company
Ego Media
Baznīcas 8–20, Rīga LV1010, Latvia
Tel: +371 6729 1720

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia
State Culture Capital Foundation
Rīga City Council’s Education, Culture and Sports Department