Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Notebook," the Hungarian entry for the foreign-language Oscar, from Beta Cinema.

Ulrich Thomsen and Ulrich Matthes star in the story of 13-year-old twins abandoned by their parents during World War II and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border.

The film is directed by Janos Szasz and produced by Intuit Pictures in co-production with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films.

Adapted from Agota Kristof's novel of the same name, "The Notebook" received the Grand Prix Crystal Globe at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival and had its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

Alissa Simon called the film "distinctively photographed and chillingly atmospheric" in her review for Variety.

"The Notebook" is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' short list of nine foreign-language contenders for the five Oscar nominations this year, which will be announced Jan. 16.

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