Patrick Duffy – also known as Bobby Ewing for Dallas fans – has taken on a role in a Hungarian film, playing a billionaire who becomes a patron for a local button football team. The cast is already shooting in Budapest and Vác, a town in the Danube Bend.
But first things first: have you ever heard of button football? It is a simulation game played on a tabletop with concave buttons. The buttons represent the players on the football pitch, and the goal is – surprise, surprise – to score. This game is especially popular in Hungary (apart from Slovenia and Brazil), and now here is a film paying homage to it.
The film 'Lepattanó' (a playful word meaning both 'bouncing' and 'scraps') mixes sport and rom-com, resulting in a heartwarming movie about fallibility, love, persistence, and button football enthusiasts. The storyline introduces a dedicated local team, who take the game very seriously and practise for the European Championships. The only thing keeping them from enrolling is the money or rather the lack of it. Then suddenly, HUF 100 million lands in their bank account by the mistake of a billionaire (Duffy)...
Lepattanó is premiering in the second half of 2024.