Le Grand Cahier / The Notebook

  • Das große Heft (German title)
Indie Feature Film | 2012-2013 | Drama | Austria, France, Germany, Hungary

Shooting data

Start of shooting20.02.2012
End of shooting28.05.2012
Number of shooting days46
LocationsUngarn / Deutschland (Thüringen)


  • DAS GROßE HEFT - R: János Szász - 2012


  • Le Grand Cahier

Brief synopsis

Based on the bestselling novel by the Swiss-Hungarian author Agota Kristof, the story take place towards the end of World War II in a village on the Hungarian border, a desperate young mother leaves her 13-year-old twin sons at their cruel grandmother’s house in the country. The brothers must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings with every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults. By learning to free themselves from hunger, pain and emotion, they will be able to endure future hardships. So they keep a written record of all they have witnessed during the war in a Notebook. As the war ends, the “Liberation” brings the worst moments of all: the twin’s ultimate separation. The Notebook is a parable about the consequences of war on children’s psyches. (http://elisefilm.de/le_grand_cahier_synopsis.html)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Laszlo GyemantZwillingsbruder (Jung) [L]
András GyémántZwillingsbruder (Jung) [L]
 Ulrich MatthesZwillingsbruder [L]
 Ulrich ThomsenZwillingsbruder [L]
Piroska MolnárGrandmother [L]
Max ReegThug of a policeman [SR]
 Sabin Tambrea
Officer´s Friend [SR]
Daniel LengyelUngarischer Nazi [BP]
Radiosprecher Jan Hasenfuß
 Sandra Nedeleffwoman in church


Accounting Dept.production accountant Marina Haakedeutscher Teil
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyChristian Berger
Camera Departmentcamera operator Gerald Helf
Camera Department1st assistant camera Dieter Knestel
Camera DepartmentDIT digital imaging technician Daniel SchunnDIT Thüringen / ARRI RAW
Camera DepartmentDIT digital imaging technician Simon VeronegPlanung / 1. Drehwoche
Camera DepartmentDIT digital imaging technicianFabian FreitagAlexa+, ARRIRAW
Camera DepartmentDIT digital imaging technician Michael 'Kirsche' KirschenlohrAlexa+, ARRIRAW, Codex, Onset-Look
Costume Departmentassistant costume designer Sonja HesseKoordination Dreh Deutschland
Costume Departmentadditional wardrobe Claudia Blumenauerhistorisch

Distributing companies

 Beta Cinema GmbHWeltvertrieb
Piffl Medien GmbH [de]


Department CompanyComment
CameraCameras and UtilitiesWell DoneDIT inkl. Technik
In Front of the CameraExtras/Bit Player Agentur filmissimo Inh. Antje Mews
ProductionFinance/Law/Insurance adag Payroll Services GmbHKompasenabrechnung
ProductionProduction Services filmissimo CateringCatering Deutschland
ProductionProduction Services MaGaMo GmbHM.-u.G.-Mobil
ProductionProduction Services MoviecateringWohnmobile
ProductionTransportation, Travel and Accomodation CMS - Car Motion Service GmbHMietwagen
Production DesignCostumes MaGaMo GmbHKostümmobil (Kombi)
Production DesignCostumes PATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment
Production DesignCostumes Sturm Handels GmbHUniformen


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
János Szász2013Filmfest HamburgPreis der Hamburger FilmkritikNominated


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 07.11.2013