Diary for my Children

Hungarian drama, colour, 1982, dir: Márta Mészáros, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 103’


09.18. 16:00
Toldi Small Hall

Directed by Márta Mészáros
Screenplay by Márta Mészáros
Director of photography: Nyika Jancsó
Music by Zsolt Döme
Cast: Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Ildikó Bánsági, Polony Anna, Jan Nowicki, Pál Zolnay
Genre: drama

In 1947, the teenager Juli returns from Soviet emigration after the death of her parents. Her foster mother, Magda, is a favourite of the new system and she attempts to bring up her fostered daughter as a true communist. However, Juli rejects all caring, preferring the cinema to school. She only respects and loves the more free-spirited János, brother of Magda. The first in the autobiographical trilogy by Márta Mészáros struck a new tone compared to her earlier works: it is both very personal and political at the same time. The film won the main jury prize at Cannes.

Guest: Ildikó Bánsági, actress