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Canadian Actress Andrea Bucko Makes Waves in Hollywood

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In her latest screen appearance, Canadian actress Andrea Bucko (Big Eyes, The Orchard) leads a cast of lauded, next-generation film stars who join veteran Sam Neillin a harrowing portrayal of a true Cold War escape. Directed by Hungarian actor/director Endre Hules, the forthcoming film Freedom Fight takes place in 1956, and vividly follows the first-person account of journalist Frank Iszak and his struggle to divert a domestic Hungarian flight across the Iron Curtain to safely find refuge in West Germany.

Freedom Flight begins shooting this Fall, and is director Endre Hules’ powerful follow-up to his CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning feature The Maiden Danced to Death. A director whose work has been seen on every continent, and at over 50 festivals, Hules hand-picked Andrea Bucko’s for the role. “She has impressed me immediately with her talent as an actress,” stated Hules. “Her sensibility and quirky sense of humor made her perfect for one of the film’s vital roles.”

Along with a cast that includes David Kross (The Reader, War Horse) and Ella Purnell (Never Let Me Go), Andrea Bucko brings to light the liberating journey that began on a rainy afternoon on Friday, July 13, 1956. Seven desperate young people boarded a twin engine DC-3 in the Eastern Bloc People’s Republic of Hungary, with plans to redirect it to freedom. They had no weapons, no map, and no idea whether the plane carried enough fuel to get them there. They braved Russian MiG fighters in hot pursuit and a harrowing flight over the stormy Alps, without navigation. Failure would mean certain death.

It is a moment of ASCENSION for the energetic actress. Andrea Bucko is a thoughtful artist making a name for herself in Hollywood by selecting ambitious projects that reveal with untold true stories. Freedom Flight adds to a series of films she has in the works, each drawing on historical incidents to create powerful narratives.

“Reading Frank Iszak’s inspiring true story, I felt it must be told” say Bucko, who portrays Monika, adding,”Storytelling can make a difference and sometimes have a huge impact on the world. I want to make an impact with the stories I choose to be a part of.”

Other upcoming roles clearly demonstrate her sincere passion. She’s slated to portray Evelyn inJubilee, a feature film by Mason Freeman with Peter Fonda and Tarynn Manning currently attached, that follows the path of the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and the lives of enslaved Americans seeking liberation on a long road towards justice. She will also play the role of Danielle Devert in another of her upcoming film projects, an international co-production that draws from the riveting facts of the 1973 kidnapping of Paul Getty III.

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