About the Film
About the Director
This stunningly shot tale follows the adventures of 13-year-old twin brothers whose mother shepherds them to the Hungarian countryside towards the end of World War II. Once pampered, they must discipline themselves to be tough and emotionless to survive. They write everything down in a notebook, keeping a written record of all they have witnessed during the war and following their own strict code: prose free from emotion, notes precise and objective. Yet over time they are initiated into the horrors of a war‐torn world, and, after brief post-war visits from each parent, must face their own ultimate separation. Selected as Hungary's entry for the 2013 Academy Awards.
János Szász was born in 1958. He is a tutor for the acting master class at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. His films include WOYZECK, which won the European Film Award for Best New European Film, amongst others, and THE WITMAN BOYS (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1997). He also won Best Director at the Moscow International Film Festival and a special commendation at the Sundance Festival and by Variety
in 1998. His recent film OPIUM, with Ulrich Thomsen, was produced by Andras Hamori and sold by H2O.