The Lost Notebook

by Ida Marie Gedbjerg Sørensen

International Competition

Doc, International Premiere, Second Film

(Hungary, Denmark / 2024 / 80’)


An anonymous worker in communist Hungary meticulously records in his diary the 2158 films he saw at the cinema from 1942 to 1994. In the present day, Danish filmmaker Ida Sørensen finds the diary in an attic in Budapest and embarks on a journey into the paths of deep passion for cinema. Her path meets that of a family divided by secrets and hidden traumas and united by a passion for cinema - in particular, action cinema. With the use of clips from the titles recorded in the diary, the film illustrates the secret dreams and desires of the Hungarian family and composes a tribute to the thaumaturgic power of cinema: a tool for traveling, finding justice and holding a family together.

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