HUNGARY, HERO AND MYTH: HUNKY BLUES
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THE WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE, THE EMBASSY OF HUNGARY, THE NATIONAL GALLERY, and THE SMITHSONIAN FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL
cordially invite you to the Series: HUNGARY, HERO AND MYTH: IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE AND THE ARTIST’S EYE
featuring the opening film HUNKY BLUES.
Saturday June 29 at 2:30pm
4th & Constitution Ave. NW
THE HUNKY BLUES
Directed by: Péter Forgács, 2011 (99 mins, Hungarian with English subtitles, HDcam)
Considers the passage to America of thousands of Hungarians who arrived between 1890 and 1921. Rather than conventional documentary, media artist Péter Forgács weaves a vast visual epic, combining clips from found footage, American cinema, and interviews revealing hard moments of arrival and assimilation.
Discussion with Director Péter Forgács after the screening.
ABOUT PÉTER FORGÁCS
Péter Forgács (1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest, whose works have been exhibited world wide. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films. He is best known for his “Private Hungary” series of award winning films based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen. He has received several international festival awards- in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europe for Free Fall. In the last decade, Forgács exhibited in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Prague, Bochum, Sao Paolo, New York, Rome, Graz, Fellbach, Warsaw, Krakow, Amsterdam, Newcastle, Ostrava, Mardid, Barcelona, Karlsruhe, Brugge, Los Angeles, Den Hague and Vienna. Various public collections, museums and universities keep Forgács highly recognized works.