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Sony Classics Acquires Hungary's Oscar Bid, 'The Notebook'

"The Notebook" SPC

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Notebook," Hungary's entry for Best Foreign Language Film (not the Ryan Gosling-starring weepie). The film, directed by Janos Szasz ("The Witman Boys"), won the top prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it world premiered. "The Notebook" is one of the nine selected foreign films vying for an Oscar nomination.

Here's the synopsis per Sony:

Set on the onset of WWII, "The Notebook," which stars Ulrich Thomsen ("The Celebration") and Ulrich Matthes ("Downfall"), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, ultimately surviving in the face of challenging circumstances.

Sony Pictures Classics stated, "We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film Festival. We have never really seen a movie quite like this."

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