Diary for My Children Boxshot
Diary for My Children
Hungary, 1982
Length / Main Feature: 102 minutes
Length / Special Feature: 25 minutes
Sound: Original stereo (restored)
Black & White
OAR: 1.78:1 16:9
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
PAL DVD9  Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 7th September 2009
Second Run DVD 025
From one of the world’s foremost women directors, this deeply personal work is a reflection on Mészáros’ own experiences channelled via Juli, a young woman returning home to Budapest from the Soviet Union where her parents were exiled and had died. Scarred by the wounds of the past, she is repulsed to see the very same spectre of Stalinist oppression now rife in her homeland.

Mészáros’ film resonates with the spirit and the struggles of her past - a passionate yet critical study of personal and political awakening told in ruthlessly unsentimental fashion.

more about the film

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Special Features
• Newly filmed interview with director Márta Mészáros.
• New digital transfer with restored image and sound, approved by the director.
• Anamorphic 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Catherine Portuges.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Available for the first time on DVD in the UK.


Zsuzsa Czinkóczi - Juli
Anna Polony - Magda
Jan Nowicki - Janos
Mari Szemes - Grandmother
Pál Zsolnay - Grandfather
Tamás Tóth - András
Éva Szabó - Ilonka


Directed by Márta Mészáros

Screenplay – Márta Mészáros

Cinematography – Nyika Jancsó (Miklós Jancsó Jr.)
Set Design – Éva Martin
Costume Design – Fanni Kemenes
Music – Zsolt Döme
Editing – Éva Kármentő
Sound – György Fék
Producer - Ferenc Szohár
1984 Cannes Film Festival / Winner Special Jury Prize
Chosen in Halliwell's 1000 Greatest Films

“A brilliantly told tale about idealism and corruption” - Channel 4 Film Guide

“One is struck by its sincerity, intelligence and strong performances” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“An unusually graphic picture of Hungarian political, cultural and social life in the late 40's” - Vincent Canby, New York Times

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