Le Grand Cahier

Le Grand Cahier  {A nagy füzet}
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Le Grand Cahier
A nagy füzet
Hungary, 2013, 110 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany/Austria/France
Topics: Coming of Age, War
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Hungarian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Karlovy Vary: Best Film

Based on the award-winning novel by Agota Kristof, this distinctively photographed, chillingly atmospheric drama follows inseparable teen twins dispatched to live with their vicious grandmother by their parents during WWII. They survive by assiduously exterminating all human sentiment within themselves. Opening in 1944 amid quiet, civilized surroundings that are never seen again, the action unfolds in short, increasingly nightmarish vignettes. Everything is filtered through the eyes of the 13-year-old brothers who narrate in precise and objective-sounding tones.

Left with their cruel grandmother who starves, beats and otherwise abuses them, the formerly pampered boys at first find it difficult to adjust to their new surroundings. But as they inscribe their thoughts and experiences in the notebook given them by their father they realize the only way to cope with the inhumane world of adults and war into which they have been thrust is to become completely unfeeling. Thus, they devise a plan to train their bodies and minds so that they can free themselves from hunger, pain and emotion in order to endure future hardships.

Winner: Grand Prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Producer

DIRECTOR: János Szász
Producer: Sándor Soth, Pál Sándor, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Marc Irmer
Editor: Szilvia Ruszev
Screenwriter: András Szekér, János Szász
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Music: Johan Johanson
Principal Cast: András Gyémánt, László Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Sabin Tambrea
Filmography: Opium: Dieary of a Madwoman (2007)
Eyes of the Holocaust (2000)
Witman fluk (1997)
Woyzeck (1994)
Print Source: Beta Cinema GmbH

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