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[on adapting Nicholas Sparks
' novel for The Notebook
(2004)] The biggest challenge is to make it real, not to make it saccharine. There's a sleight of hand while you're pulling the audience's strings not to let them know, so they don't feel like you're pulling their strings. It's a very difficult thing to do and it's a very delicate line between it, to make sure that it's real. You still get them...
In September 2005, Leven was awarded Connecticut Outstanding Filmmaker of the Year award.