Garry Kasparov – from the world’s greatest chess player to a minor Russian politician with lousy choice in friends.
And now, film star.
In the Holy Fire of Revolution, directed by Masha Novikova, follows Kasparov’s doomed attempt to stand for the Presidency of Russia last year.
I haven’t seen the film yet – it’s London premiere is next week – but the blurb promises that this film is “a must-see for anyone who wants to know what Russia looks like today.” And then goes on to talk about how Kasparov’s latest game is unfair – the Kremlin are sabotaging him at every turn.
Undoubtedly, the game of politics in Russia is unfair. But that doesn’t really address the point of whether Kasparov is actually any good at the game of politicians. My view is that he’s pretty rubbish at it, which makes it all the stranger that the Kremlin goes to such efforts to sabotage his work – breaking up his group’s protests, and arresting Kasparov from time to time.
If you’re in London, In the Holy Fire of Revolution is running as a part of the Human Rights Watch sponsored London International Film Festival. You can catch it next week at either the Clapham Picturehouse or the Curzon Renoir. And I imagine it’ll be out on DVD soon enough.
Has anyone seen In the Holy Fire of Revolution yet? What did you think?