Chess Story Movie

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Who's Involved:

Philipp Stölzl, Birgit Minichmayr, Oliver Masucci, Albrecht Schuch, Rolf Lassgård

Release Date:

Friday, January 13, 2023 New York

Runtime: 1 hr, 52 m
Language: German, English (subtitled)

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Plot: What's the story about?

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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Who stars in Chess Story: Cast List

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Who's making Chess Story: Crew List

A look at the Chess Story behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Philipp Stölzl last directed Erased and Young Goethe in Love.


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Production: What we know about Chess Story?

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  1. 2022 - November: The film was set to Completed  status.

Chess Story Release Date: When was the film released?

Chess Story was a New York release in 2023 on Friday, January 13, 2023. There were 25 other movies released on the same date, including A Man Called Otto, Plane and House Party.

Chess Story DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Chess Story was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 .

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