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Diary film. I Was Twelve in ’56
An animated documentary film


A Budapest boy decides on October 23, 1956 to keep a diary. There is nothing unusual in that, but the boy is writing a diary about a revolution.

He is literally close to the fire—in the midst of the fighting, a department store burns down in his street and the sound of firing is heard day after day. Meanwhile he collects things. Relics go into a box marked "Revolution", shivers of glass, leaflets, newspaper cuttings, and drawings into the diary. He listens to the radio, and questions neighbours and people arriving from distant parts of town. He goes on immense walks, planned on paper in advance, in the company of his friend Jancsi. He notes down everything. Meanwhile he leads the life of a kid in Pest: going to violin lessons and extra German tuition, watching slide shows, sledging, attending a pig-killing at his grandma’s house in Rákoskeresztúr, helping to make Kossuth coats of arms in the workshop of a relative, and buying books by Jules Verne and Mark Twain with the proceeds. He and Jancsi design a whole non-existent city and name the streets after the heroes of the revolution. He’s very much in the know. He knows the famous radio speeches backwards, collects jokes on the tram, and sketches shelled buildings. His head and his diary contain a mixture of a Pest child’s world, a world of open courtyard corridors, and the history that is going on around him.

The film brings the boy’s diary to life using the methods of animation and documentary, with the purpose of conveying as faithfully as possible the special atmosphere of the original diary.

Writer of the diary: Gyula Csics
Directors: Boglárka Edvy and Sándor Silló
Producer: Réka Sárközy
Production: 1956 Institute Public Foundation
Length: 55 minutes

38. Hungarian Film Week 2007, Budapest (in competition)
Kamera Hungária Television Film Festival 2007 Budapest (in competition)
Mediawave Festival 2007, Győr (in competition)

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Last updated:  Monday, 2-March-2009

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