Miss Universe 1929. Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien
Austria, The Netherlands, Hungary / 2006 / documentary / 70' / Péter Forgács Retrospective
Nostalgic memories and black and white emotions. Edited using archival footage, the film is the portrayal of one of the first celebrities in the era of the telegraph and transatlantic steamships. It tells the fabulous story of the social advancement of a Viennese beauty and her cousin, a photographer who was unhappily in love with her, against the backdrop of history, a common theme in Forgacs’s work. The melancholy atmosphere of the demise of an empire gives way to the debauchery of the late 1920s and the forebodings of the great catastrophe that will annihilate this world.
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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.
- László Melis
- Péter Sass
- Cesar Messemaker (Lumen Film), Georg Misch, Ralph Wieser (Mischief Films)