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Towards the end of World War II 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. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They realize 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 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.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director János Szász
Screenplay János Szász, Andras Szekér
Cinematography Christian Berger
Cast László Gyémánt, András Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Sabin Tambrea
Producers Sándor Söth, Pál Sándor
Co-Producers Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Marc Irmer
Production Companies Intuit Pictures/Berlin, Hunnia Filmstúdio/Budapest, in co-production with AMOUR FOU Vienna, Dolce Vita Films/Paris
Runtime 110 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2013, Toronto 2013, Haifa 2013, Busan 2013, BFI London 2013, Chicago 2013 (International Competition), Hamptons 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013, Brisbane 2013, Stockholm 2013, Black Night Tallinn 2013, Palm Springs 2014, Sofia 2014, Guadalajara 2014, Shanghai 2014, Giffoni 2014 (In Competition), Havana 2014
Awards Grand Prix-Crystal Globe & Europa Cinemas Label Award Karlovy Vary 2013, Special Mention Chicago 2013
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmfonds Wien, Hungarian Film Fund, CNC, Eurimages, MEDIA
German Distributor Piffl Medien

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