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Guests: Director Philipp Stölzl and Screenwriter Eldar Grigorian about SCHACHNOVELLE (Was tut sich…)

20. February 2022 | 20:15 - 22:45


Germany 2021. Dir: Philipp Stölzl.
Cast: Oliver Masucci, Albrecht Schuch, Birgit Minichmayr. 107 mins. DCP


Vienna 1938: The lawyer Dr. Josef Bartok and his wife Anna plan their escape from the National Socialists to the United States – but they are too late. Bartok, who manages the assets of the Austrian aristocracy, is arrested by the Gestapo and taken to their headquarters at the Hotel Metropol. Gestapo chief Böhm wants the aristocrats’ money. Since Bartok remains silent, Böhm decrees months of solitary confinement, which drives the jurist to the brink of insanity. Only through a chess book does Bartok seem to find a saving refuge from the psychological torture.

What’s New in German film?
Once a month, the series “What’s New in German Film?” focuses on current German filmmaking. In February, director Philipp Stölzl and screenwriter Eldar Grigorian present their adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s SCHACHNOVELLE. Lead actor Oliver Masucci as well as producers Tobias Walker and Philipp Worm were awarded the Bavarian Film Prize. In addition, the film received a Lola for best costume design in 2021.

Post-screening: Ulrich Sonnenschein (epd film) in conversation with director Philipp Stölzl and screenwriter Eldar Grigorian.

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20. February 2022
20:15 - 22:45