The Chess Story

110 mins.
Directed by Philipp Stölzl
German with subtitles
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Sun, 5/22

This screening is free to Amherst Cinema Members.

THE CHESS STORY sees director Philipp Stölzl reinterpreting Stefan Zweig's Schachnovelle, telling the story of a man who survives captivity and mental torture with the help of a chess book.

Vienna, 1938: Austria is occupied by the Nazi regime. The lawyer Bartok is arrested and taken to the Hotel Metropol, the Gestapo's headquarters, shortly before he can flee with his wife to the USA. As an asset manager for the nobility, he should now provide the local Gestapo chief Böhm with access to the accounts. But Bartok is sent to solitary confinement since he refuses to cooperate. He remains steadfast for weeks and months, but becomes increasingly desperate—until he chances upon a chess book.


In partnership with the Goethe-Institut Boston, Amherst Cinema is proud to present New Films From Germany, a continuing series with a special focus on the work of emerging directors and featuring award-winning films rarely shown outside Europe.