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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
CHILDREN OF GLORY (SZABADSÁG, SZERELEM)
"The film does impress with its dynamic visual recreation of the attempted [Hungarian] revolution" -BBC
"Heartfelt... the film has an innocent, gutsy power" -Guardian UK
Recommended! "Entertainingly bombastic" -NewCity Chicago
"Geopolitical buffs in general are bound to get a thrill — guilty or otherwise — out of seeing this pivotal historical showdown portrayed with such sweep and energy" -Chicago Tribune
"There's no denying the power of this inspiring (mostly) true story" -TimeOut Chicago
Coming across like Doctor Zhivago with water sports, Children of Glory is a sweeping drama that tells of a romance between the star player of Hungary's invincible water polo team and a young radical caught up in the country's 1956 uprising. With Karcsi (Iván Fenyö) torn between love, political idealism and team duty, things come to a head at the Melbourne Olympics, where, with Russian tanks rolling back into Budapest to quash the rebellion, Hungary faces the USSR for a what has been called, the "Blood in the Water" match, the most violent encounter in the history of the sport. Few sports movies can boast such an historic event, and like Paul Verhoeven's exciting film, Black Book, Children of Glory offers a thrilling ride through recent European history, in a film that has been made like a Hollywood blockbuster but is an excellent film for those who want to learn about the Hungarian revolution and life under neo-Stalin Soviet occupation.
Directed by Krisztina Goda, Hungary, 2007, 35mm, 123 mins. In Hungarian, Russian and English with English subtitles.