Dir. Philipp Stölzl | 112 min
Narrative Austria, Germany 2021
German with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere
The inspired film adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s timeless literary classic The Royal Game.
It’s 1938, and Nazis are marching through the streets of Vienna. Attorney Josef Bartok and his wife plan to escape to America, but the Gestapo get to him first. Bartok refuses to cooperate with his captors, and quickly lands in solitary confinement. The intense isolation almost breaks his spirit, until he steals an old chess book—an act that changes the course of his life, but also gradually turns into a dangerous obsession.
Presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut Washington