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by János Szász


Agota Kristof’s postmodern anti-war drama, which appeared in 1986 and has been translated into more than 30 languages, is set in a small Hungarian border town during the Second World War and records, in the form of a notebook written by two small boys, the nightmarish ordeal of the twins brought by their mother from the bomb-spattered Big Town to their grandmother’s home in Little Town. Soon, the boys realize that the only way to survive is to become completely unfeeling and merciless. They baulk at nothing – neither theft, sodomy nor murder, unflinching proof that monsters are not born but made. They are truly spoiled by war and their terrible, unforgettable history tells in a microcosm the tale of a whole people warped and destroyed by the lust for power.

international title: The Notebook
original title: A nagy füzet
country: Hungary, Germany, Austria, France
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: János Szász
film run: 112'
release date: HU 19/09/2013, DE 07/11/2013, FR 19/03/2014, DK 16/04/2014, ES 30/04/2014, SE 23/05/2014, NL 18/09/2014
screenplay: Tom Abrams, András Szekér, János Szász
cast: András Gyémánt, László Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Matthes, Ulrich Thomsen, Lajos Kovács
cinematography by: Christian Berger
film editing: Szilvia Ruszev
costumes designer: János Breckl
producer: Sándor Söth, Pál Sándor
co-producer: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck, Marc Irmer
production: Hunnia Filmstúdió, Intuit Pictures GmbH, Amour Fou Vienna, Dolce Vita Films
backing: Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Filmfonds Wien, Hungarian Film Fund, CNC, Eurimages, MEDIA Programme
distributor: Academy Two, Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Njutafilms, Pretty Pictures, Golem Distribución, Contact Film Cinematheek
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