Fortissimo Films has pickedup worldwide rights to the Andy Vajna-produced Children Of Glory, an action-drama setagainst the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The film premiered in its home territorythis week during fraught celebrations of the uprising's 50th anniversary.

Previously, Fortissimo'sco-managing director Michael Werner had signed on as sales and marketingconsultant on the film. Hungarian-born Vajna was Werner's former partner atSummit Entertainment.

Children Of Glory, which has enjoyed strong reviews so far, waswritten by Hungarian expat Joe Eszterhas and directed by Hungary's Krisztina Goda. The film tracks the doomeduprising through a romance between a revolutionary student and a member of Hungary's 1956 Olympic water polo team. As the athletes leftfor the Sydney games, Soviet tanks started to roll into theirhomeland and a historic match between the USSR and Hungary provides the dramatic apex of the film.

The Hungarian releasestarted Monday on 41 screens and will go out internationally in early 2007.

Said Werner: "While I havebeen personally involved with Andy and ChildrenOf Glory in an advisory capacity since Cannes, I was so moved and impressed by the completed filmthat it was a natural progression for Fortissimo to become actively involved asits international sales agent."

Producer Vajna added: "Thisfilm is one of the most personal, intimate, and emotional films I have producedin my career. I know that Michael andthe Fortissimo team willhandle the film with all therespect and passion that is required to properlybring a foreign-language title to the international market."