Péter Forgács / OWN DEATH
Hungary, 2007, DigiBeta, 16:9, 118 min
"Dying is a tough job, especially when one has to finish urgently some galley proofs. Péter Nádas has evocated this brilliantly in his short novel Own death. And it has now an evenly brilliant equivalent in the imagery Péter Forgács designed for it. Hardly ever since Marguerite Duras' India Song the collaboration between the literary and the cinematic has been as successful as in this Forgács film of the Nádas story". (Peter Delpeut)
Born 1950. He's a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest. As an independent film and video artist, he has been working in the Béla Balázs Studio since 1978. Since 1978 Forgács has made more than thirty films. He is best known for the Private Hungary series of award-winning films based on home movies and amateur films from the 1930s and 1940s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen. His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague. Since then he has received several international festival awards - in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europa for Free Fall in 1997. His most recent films are El Perro Negro (2005) on the Spanish Civil War and Miss Universe (2006) on the 1929 Austrian beauty queen Lisl Goldarbeiter. His work can be found in several public collections, museums and universities in Europa and the USA. Péter Forgács was awarded with the Béla Balázs Film Prize in 1998, and the Erasmus Prize 2007.