Free Fall – Private Hungary 10

Hungary / 1996 / documentary / 75' / Péter Forgács Retrospective

The chronicle of announced death – the story of the Holocaust of Hungarian Jews told using unique archival family materials. The everyday life of the well-off Petö family which was thoroughly documented by an amateur filmmaker from Szeged, susceptible to feminine charms, acquires the horrible dimension of a tragedy thanks to Forgács’s meticulous editing. Dry notifications about the tragic fate of the characters are in striking conflict with the images full of joy and sensuous beauty. These people are still living their lives to the fullest – they argue and love each other, although their fate has already been sealed.

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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.

Tibor Szemzö
Zsolt Hubay
Péter Forgács
Free Fall – Private Hungary 10