Janos Szasz has started pre-production on a new project, the adaptation of the novel of Agota Kristof titled Le Grand Cahier (The Big Notebook).
Szasz (Woyzeck, The Wittman boys, Opium) has postponed preparation of his planned film Sóhajok hídja (The Bridge of Sighs) to work on The Big Notebook. The author is a Swiss of Hungarian origin.
The novel, which was translated to 35 languages, is the story of twins who stay with their grandmother in a hostile, weird countryside where they have to cope with the situation. The style of the novel is stripped and cold, which will be represented by a similarly harsh, Bressonian style according to Szasz.
The rights of the novel have been unavailable for decades, but this year producer Sandor Söth and Intuit Pictures (www.intuitpictures.com) were able to secure them. Szasz is currently writing the second draft of the script, and plans to scout filming locations and cast the film in the fall. The film will be a German-Dutch-Hungarian cooproduction with Hungarian partner Hunnia Filmstúdió http://www.hunniafilm.hu/, Pál Sándor producer.
The film is planned to be released at 2011.
Director János Szász
Agota Kristof (novel)
János Szász (writer)
András Szekér (writer)
Pál Sándor co-producer
Sándor Söth producer
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