Márta Mészáros’s Diary Trilogy

Márta Mészáros’s Diary Trilogy

3 Episodes

With her extraordinary Diary Trilogy, trailblazing Hungarian auteur Márta Mészáros fused the personal and the political, entwining her country’s turbulent post–World War II history with a heartrending story drawn from her own life experiences. Tracing the journey of a strong-willed orphan named Juli as she navigates the terror of rising Soviet repression while attempting to assert her creative voice as a filmmaker, these films—DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN, DIARY FOR MY LOVERS, and DIARY FOR MY MOTHER AND FATHER—sketch an at once epic and intimate portrait of history as Mészáros experienced it, bearing witness to both the horrors of totalitarianism and the courage of those who resist.

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Márta Mészáros’s Diary Trilogy
  • Diary for My Children

    Episode 1

    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 l...

  • Diary for My Lovers

    Episode 2

    Directed by Márta Mészáros • 1987 • Hungary
    Starring Czinkóczi Zsuzsa, Anna Polony, Jan Nowicki

    Márta Mészáros’s follow-up to DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN picks up the story of teenage Juli (Zsuzsa Czinkóczi), the director’s alter ego, as she defies the wishes of her Stalinist aunt (Anna Polony) and le...

  • Diary for My Mother and Father

    Episode 3

    Directed by Márta Mészáros • 1990 • Hungary
    Starring Czinkóczi Zsuzsa, Mari Törőcsik, Jan Nowicki

    The heartrending third installment of Márta Mészáros’s autobiographical Diary series continues to trace the journey of Juli (Zsuzsa Czinkóczi), a young orphan, through the tumult of postwar Hungary....