My pics of “Le Grand Cahier” North American Premiere Q&A at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

On Monday, September 9, 2013 I attended the exciting North American Premiere of Le Grand Cahier (Hungarian title A Nagy Füzet) at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening took place at the Scotiabank Theatre. The film was a selection in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Le Grand Cahier is an epic coming-of-age drama set in World War II. András and László Gyémánt play twin 13-year-old brothers sent away to live with their grandmother to escape the Nazis. As their father heads off to the front, they make him a promise to keep a journal, writing everything down over the next few years until he can return and read about their exploits. The contents of this notebook form the basis of the narrative as told through the eyes of the boys. It’s a simple premise but can’t come close to touching the heartwrenching, raw emotion of the twins’ journey and subsequent near-enslavement at the hands of their hostess, affectionately known as “The Witch” among the local villagers. Surviving adolescence is a challenging enough task. Doing it in a war-torn land with only your brother to depend on seems insurmountable, and is what makes Le Grand Cahier such a gripping experience.   

For more see my full-length review

Director/co-writer János Szász introduced the film and returned after the screening for a compelling Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (8 photos)

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NOTE: I selected Le Grand Cahier for my Toronto International Film Festival Top Picks.



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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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