Film Movement | Release Date: January 13, 2023
Summary: Vienna, 1938: Austria is occupied by the Nazis. Dr. Josef Bartok (Oliver Masucci) is preparing to flee to America with his wife Anna when he is arrested by the Gestapo. As a former notary to the deposed Austrian aristocracy, he is told to help the local Gestapo leader gain access to their private bank accounts in order to fund the Nazi regime. Refusing to cooperate, Bartok is locked in solitary confinement. Just as his mind is beginning to crack, Bartok happens upon a book of famous chess games. To withstand the torture of isolation, Bartok disappears into the world of chess, maintaining his sanity only by memorizing every move. As the action flashes forward to a transatlantic crossing on which he is a passenger, it seems as though Bartok has finally found freedom. But recounting his story to his fellow travelers, it's clear that his encounters with both the Gestapo and with the royal game itself have not stopped haunting him.
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Runtime: 110 min
Rating: Not Rated
Official Site: https://www.filmmovement.com/chess-story
Production: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
Genres: Drama, Thriller, War
Countries: DE, AT
Language: German
Director Credit
Philipp Stölzl Director
Writer Credit
Eldar Grigorian Writer
Stefan Zweig Novel
Principal Cast Credit
Anton Rattinger Fahrer Max
Aron Eichhorn Demonstrant
Birgit Minichmayr Anna Bartok
Dieter Bernhardt Fahrer
Elias Gabele Passkontrolleur Am Hafen
Isa Hochgerner Köchin
Johannes Zeiler Dr. Fink
Maresi Riegner Dienstmädchen Klara
Oliver Masucci Dr. Josef Bartok
Rafael Stachowiak Schiffskellner Harry
Cast Credit
Andreas Lust Johann Prantl
Clemens Berndorff Dr. Swoboda
Gerhard Flödl Kellner Palais Auersperg
Lukas Miko Gustav Sailer
Markus Schleinzer Dr. Auer
Producer Credit
Carlos Gerstenhauer Commissioning Editor: BR
Claudia Grässel Commissioning Editor: ARD Degeto
Danny Krausz Co-Producer
Florian Krügel Line Producer: Austria
Isabel Hund Co-Producer
Jakob Neuhaeusser Line Producer
Kalle Friz Co-Producer
Philipp Worm Producer
Sandrine Mattes Co-Producer
Sebastian Lückel Commissioning Editor: ARD Degeto
Tobias Schultze Commissioning Editor: BR
Tobias Walker Producer