Le Grand Cahier
(A nagy füzet)
feature, 35mm, 100 minutes
PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2013.
In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.
Based on Agota Kritóf‘s famous and bestselling novel of the same titel (Le Grand Cahier).
Towards the end of World War II, people in big cities are at the mercy of air raids and death by starvation. A desperate young mother leaves her 13-year-old twin sons at their grandmother's house in the country, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic. The villagers call her “the Witch” because she is rumoured to have poisoned her husband long ago.
Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They realise that the only way to cope with the absurd and inhumane world of adults and war is to become completely unfeeling and merciless. By learning to free themselves from hunger, pain and emotion, they will be able to endure future hardships. So they begin their own series of studies: they fortify their spirits by reading the Bible and learning foreign languages. They practice every day to harden their bodies and minds. They hold their hands over flames, cut their legs, arms and chests with a knife and pour alcohol right on their wounds. They desensitize themselves to insults and learn to ignore the more insidious appeals of sentiment and love.
The twins keep a written record of all they have witnessed during the war, the Notebook. When they write, they follow their own strict code: The prose must be free from emotion, the notes precise and objective.
2013 - Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles:
Best Actress: Piroska Molnár
Best Actors: András Gyémánt és László Gyémánt
|János Szász, András Szekér||Screenplay|
|Christian Berger||Director of photography|
|István Galambos||Art director|
|Pál Sándor, Sándor Söth||Producer|
|Amour Fou Filmproduktion / AT, Dolce Vita Films / FR||Co-producer|
|Hunnia Film Studio, Intuit Pictures / DE||Production company|
|László Gyémánt, András Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Orsi Tóth, Péter Andorai||Cast|
|Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2013||Grand Prix - Crystal Globe|
|Haifa International Film Festival - 2013||Special Mention|
|Chicago International Film Festival - 2013||Jury Special Mention|
|Les Arcs European Film Festival - 2013||Young Jury Prize|
|Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2013||Europa Cinemas Label|
|Vukovar Film Festival - 2014||(in competition)|
|Helsinki Love & Anarchy International Film Festival - 2014|
|Luxembourg CinÉast - 2014|
|Toronto International Film Festival - 2013|
|Busan International Film Festival - 2013|
|London Film Festival - 2013|
|Adelaide International Film Festival - 2013|
|Arras L'Autre Cinema - 2013||(in competition)|
|Hamburg Filmfest - 2013||(in competition)|
|Hamptons International Film Festival - 2013|
|Stockholm International Film Festival - 2013|
|Săo Paulo International Film Festival - 2013|
|Seville Film Festival - 2013||(in competition)|
|Kiev MOLODIST International Film Festival - 2013|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2014|
|Trieste Film Festival - 2014||(in competition)|
|Leeuwarden Noordelijk Film Festival - 2014|
|Guadalajara International Film Festival - 2014|
|Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2014|
|Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2014|
|Ivanovo Zerkalo - 2014||(in competition)|
|Palic International Film Festival - 2014|
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