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The Notebook

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center recommends the Washington D.C. Premiere of The Notebook (A Nagy Füzet/ Le Grand Cahier) presented by the Embassy of Hungary in Washington DC and the AFI Silver - Theatre and Cultural Center. Winner of Grand Prix Crystal Globe of 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Official Selection of Hungary in Best Foreign Language Film Catgeory of the Oscar Award in 2014. The screening will be on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD (Tel.: (301)-495-6700)

From on of Hungary's leading directors, János Szász, comes a fine and intense adaptation of Hungarian-Swiss Agota Kristof's moving novel about the war-time struggle of the Hungarian people. Two twin boys are taken to the countryside by their parents and left with their hostile old granny (Piroska Molnár). Given a blank notebook and told to fill it with their experiences, they quickly learn that the best way to deal with pain and hunger is to desentize themselves to everything. As the Nazis, the Holocaust and then the terrors of peace sweep through the country, the boys must walk the fine line between self-reliance and viciousness. A fine, unblinking observation of the costs of war and the price of survival.

Winner of the Crystal Globe for the Best Film at this year's Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the cinematography, by Michael Haneke's regular cameraman Christian Berger, has alos been strongly praised (Note courtesy of Adelaide Film Festival.).
Q & A with special guests: János Szász, director of the movie and Piroska Molnár, leading actress.

 

Please click here to watch the trailer of the movie.

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