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Hungary Announces Karlovy Vary Winner 'The Notebook' as 2014 Foreign Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 7, 2013 at 1:48PM

Hungary has chosen "Le Grand Cahier" ("The Notebook"), winner of top prizes at Karlovy Vary earlier this year, as its official entry for the 2014 Foreign-Language Oscar category. Watch the compelling trailer below.
'Le Grand Cahier'
'Le Grand Cahier'

Hungary has chosen Janos Szasz's "Le Grand Cahier" ("The Notebook") as its official submission for the 2014 Foreign-Language Oscar catetory.

Winner of the Crystal Globe and European Cinemas Label Award at the 48th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic earlier this year, the film centers on 13-year-old twin boys (Ulrich Thomsen and Ulrich Matthes) sent to live with their malevolent grandmother during World War II. Szasz and co-writer Andras Szeker adapted the film from the 1986 novel of the same name by Hungarian author Agota Kristof. "The Notebook" was shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Christian Berger ("The White Ribbon"). Watch the compelling trailer below.

Hungarian entries haven't been nominated for best foreign language film since 1988's "Hanussen," directed by Istvan Szabo, who won in 1981 for "Mephisto."

Last week, Romania submitted "Child's Pose," winner of Berlinale's Golden Bear, to the Oscars. The deadline for all foreign language submissions to the 86th Academy Awards is October 1, 2013.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Le Grand Cahier , Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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