category Memory in Motion




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17 March, 21:00, Cinema Elvire Popesco

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Péter Forgács

18 March, 18:00, Cinemateca Union

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Péter Forgács


Picturesque Epochs, the most famous episode of Péter Forgács’s series Private Hungary about Hungary throughout the 20th century, captures details from the life of the painter Mária Gánóczy, interested – just like Forgács – in depicting in her work the history of century she’s lived. The protagonist, born in 1927, has lived in extremely different political epochs, but the documentary focuses primarily on the Communist epoch, when she made most of her home movies. As in the other episodes of the series, the structure of the film here is mainly based on a collage of audio-visual elements, thus blurring the lines between documentary and video art, at least from a formal point of view: footage from Mária Gánóczy’s personal archive, interviews with her and a famous Hungarian art critic, the presentation of her paintings, written captions and varied aural inserts, split-screen frames and so on. The result is a sublime mix of histories, which, together, offer a particular and nuanced perspective on the history of Hungary throughout the last century and, in part, on the recent history of Eastern Europe.


awards and festivals

2018: Trieste Film Festival 

2017: Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival