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The Notebook


Producer: Amour Fou Vienna
Financing: Minoritarian coproduction
Co-Producer: Intuit Pictures (DE), Hunnia Filmstudio (HU), Dolce Vita Films (FR)
Year: 2012
Grant amount: € 96.000
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: drama, coming of age
   
Director: János Szász
Writer: János Szász
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Key cast: András & Lásló Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Sabin Tambrea
Locations: Germany, Hungary
Release (AT): 07.03.2014

At the end of World War II, Hungarias Cities are infested by dearth. Hoping to save the lives of her twins, the young mother brings them to their grandmother nearby a little town. Grandmother, whom they call the Witch, harbors the boys expextant that they may be useful to her. She drinks a lot and carries an attitude of cruel and icy dispassion, making them work hard and showing them no love.
But they are wilier than she, spying on her through holes in the floor of the attic she can no longer reach, deliberately wounding each other to inure themselves to pain and learning the language of the occupying forces.
They articulate those experiences in their very own bible, they simply call „The Notebook“. Hereby they try to keep their remarks as detailed and emotionessless as possible. They teach each other to be hard, cold and callous, hoping to learn surviving. The conclusio leads the fable to a bitter truth: trying to survive they learned the language of warefare; but then, without even noticing, they became evils’ proponents.

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