Directed by Márta Mészáros • 1984 • Hungary
Starring Czinkóczi Zsuzsa, Jan Nowicki, Anna Polony
One of Hungary’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Márta Mészáros, drew on her own wartime experiences to craft this haunting portrait of a young woman coming of age at a turbulent historical moment. After losing her father in the Stalinist purges, strong-willed teenager Juli (Zsuzsa Czinkóczi) is brought back to Hungary to live with Magda (Anna Polony), a rigid Communist Party official who embodies the icy intellectual repression that has begun to take hold in the country. As she navigates an unfamiliar new world—one caught between the shock of World War II and the rising tide of Stalinism—Juli must fight to retain her sense of self. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN is a heartrending personal testimony from an artist revisiting the traumas of the past with a clear and critical eye.