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"The Big Notebook" after Ágota Kristóf directed by Ran Chai Bar-zvi.

A pair of twins is sent to the countryside. The big city they come from is being bombed. It is war. Their grandmother lives in the last house of a small town, near the border. The children get to feel the harshness of country life and the harshness of a society at war. Dead soldiers in the woods, air raid alarms, misery and hunger are omnipresent. The twins gradually begin to adapt to this brutalized world: What at first seems like children's games soon serve only to harden themselves. In increasingly drastic exercises they train body and mind and become more and more independent players in village life.

In precise sentences of unique pull, Ágota Kristóf's trilogy of novels develops the story of the twins. "The Big Notebook," "The Proof," and "The Third Lie" tell of deadening, attempts at coping and the question of what war does to a child's identity through a labyrinth of shifts in perspective and false trails. The Hungarian-Swiss author has received numerous awards for her work and has been translated into over 30 languages. Ran Chai Bar-zvi is directing for the first time at Munich's Volkstheater and weaves texts from the sequels into his adaptation of "The Big Notebook" . In search of his brother, a twin who has now grown up looks back on childhood experiences that gradually appear in a different light.

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