Children Of Glory , directed by Hungary's Krisztina Goda, has been selected as the new opening film of the Bangkok International Film Festival following last week's withdrawal of Persepolis .

The Andy Vajna-produced film was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising against the Soviet regime. In parallel with the revolution is the story of the water polo competition at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne where Hungary defeated the USSR in the finals.

The picture, which was screened in Berlin and Hong Kong earlier this year, will open the Bangkok festival on July 19. Both Vajna and Goda are expected to attend the opening gala at SF World Cinema in Central World shopping complex.

Persepolis was originally the opening film before it was pulled at the request of the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok. The black-and-white animation depicts the life of co-director Marjane Satrapi in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in the 1970s and her subsequent exile in Europe.