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Own Death

Peter Forgacs
Sajat halal
Hungary 2008 / 118’

Péter Forgács is the widely known Hungarian master who makes installations and films from found footage from the period between 1930 and 1950. Thanks to these films, he has marvellously, and in his own specific and poetical way (with music, sound and voice-over), given a new take on many historical happenings in the last century as seen from the point of view of people living then.

This latest film of his has taken a slightly different direction, as this is the first time he has made a fiction film. The film is based on a short novel by the Hungarian writer Péter Nádas. Found footage is used here as well, but not very much. The rest is black-and-white modern footage. Dutch film maker Peter Delpeut sees this work as follows: Dying is a tough job, especially when one has to urgently finish some galley proofs. Péter Nádas brought this across brilliantly in his short novel Own Death. And it now has a brilliant equivalent in the imagery Péter Forgács designed for it.

LC, Rotterdam IFF 2008

Péter Forgács (1950, Hungary) attended art academy in Budapest and has made more than 30 video films since 1978. His works have been exhibited worldwide but he is best known for his Private Hungary series of award-winning films based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s.


1978 I See That I Look

1985 Golden Age

1992 Bourgeoisie Dictionary: Private Hungary 7

1992 Wittgenstein Tractatus (kr.m. / short)

1994 Domweg gelukkig / Simply Happy (dok. / doc.)

1997 The Maelstrom: A Family Chronic (dok. / doc.)

1999 The Danube Exodus (dok. / doc.)

2000 Angelos film

2004 Mutual Analysis

2005 Perro Negro: Opowieści z hiszpańskiej wojny domowej / El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War (dok. / doc.)

2007 Own Death / Saját haláls

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