Picturesque Epochs

Hungary / 2016 / documentary / 133' / Péter Forgács Retrospective

Another film in the series "Private Hungary" is a tribute to Mária Gánóczy, an excellent Hungarian painter, and the circle of artists she knew who worked in post-war Hungary. The paintings and films from the protagonist’s abundant private archives make the portrait of an artist who, in an astonishing way, was able to combine her love for art and sacrifice for the family (she raised 7 children). Combining private materials with official footage, Forgács adds yet another element to the universe of pictures created over many years, which brings us closer to the truth about those times.

Partners of Péter Forgács Retrospective
directed by
Péter Forgács

Media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest whose works have been exhibited worldwide. He has made more than thirty films, including the best-known award-winning series Private Hungary based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix of the World Wide Video Festival in the Hague. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, an exceptional collection of amateur film footage which served as the raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. In 2002, the Getty Research Institute held an exhibit of his installation “The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River”. He has received several international festival awards and his films were presented at many international festivals around the world. His highly recognized works are part of numerous public museum and university collections.

Péter Forgács, Péter Sass, Mária Gánóczy
Péter Forgács
János Másik
Péter Sass
László Kántor
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