Film club - Two Halves in Hell (Zoltán Fábri, 1962)

24th Febuary, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute

April of 1944. To commemorate the occasion of Hitler's birthday Nazi officers decide to organize a football match in a labour camp against the labour servicemen. Among the war prisoners is also Ónodi, the famous Hungarian football player who is appointed to select and lead the team which will play against the German soldiers. Ónodi takes the responsability and negotiates for more food for his team members and a ball to train with. During one of the trainings the prisoner team tries to escape but is almost immediately recaptured  and consequently sentenced to death. But before they'll have to face the firing squad the team will also have to play the match and choose between their integrity and their lives.

While writing the script Zoltán Fábri - one of the most famous Hungarian directors, known for his classical style and perfectionism - drew from a real life event, a football game between german soldiers and ukranian prisoners of war in 1942 known also as »The Death Match«. Two Halves in Hell is known for being the inspiration for several Hollywood remakes such as John Houston's classic Escape to Victory (1981) or Robert Aldrich's The Longest Yard (1974).

The film will be screened in Hungarian with English subtitles. Free entrance.