Chess Story

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Chess Story

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Chess Story

Release Date: September 23, 2021

Year    :   2021
Slogan    :   «He turned resistance into a game»
Genres    :   History, Drama, War, Thriller
Production Companies    :   Walker & Worm Film, Dor Film Production Company, BR, ARD Degeto, ORF, StudioCanal
Director    :   Philipp Stölzl
Producers    :   Danny Krausz, Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm, Kalle Friz, Isabel Hund
Writers    :   Stefan Zweig, Eldar Grigorian
RunTime    :   112 mins.

1938. While the Nazi troops march into Vienna, the lawyer Josef Bartok hastily tries to escape to the USA with his wife but is arrested by the Gestapo. Bartok remains steadfast and refuses to cooperate with the Gestapo that requires confidential information from him. Thrown into solitary confinement, Bartok is psychologically tormented for months and begins to weaken. However, when he steals an old book about chess it sets him on course to overcome the mental suffering inflicted upon him, until it becomes a dangerous obsession.

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