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Born: January 27, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: director, screenwriter

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Some filmmakers arrive at their chosen profession by a childhood or college life spent in the study of classic movies; for others, it takes only one film. Director Marc Forster was part of the latter camp; after seeing his first movie - Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979) - he became fixated on the idea of becoming a director. After studying cinema at New York University in the early 1990s, he launched his career with the indie drama "Everything Put Together" (2000), which netted him the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-ups - 2001's "Monster's Ball" and 2004's "Finding Neverland" (2004) - established him as a director of powerful and emotionally complex dramas. But he struggled to maintain critical acclaim with subsequent efforts like "Stay" (2005), "Stranger than Fiction" (2006) and "The Kite Runner" (2007). In 2008, he made a complete about-face and tackled "Quantum of Solace," the second James Bond feature to star Daniel Craig as 007. Though it too garnered mixed reviews, Forster's choice of projects suggested that the versatility he showed in his early films might only be the tip of his talents as a director.

Some filmmakers arrive at their chosen profession by a childhood or college life spent in the study of classic movies; for others, it takes only one film. Director Marc Forster was part of the latter camp; after seeing his first movie - Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979) - he became fixated on the idea of becoming a director. After studying cinema at New York University in the early 1990s, he launched his career with the indie drama "Everything Put Together" (2000), which netted him the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-ups - 2001's "Monster's Ball" and 2004's "Finding Neverland" (2004) - established him as a director of powerful and emotionally complex dramas. But he struggled to maintain critical acclaim with subsequent efforts like "Stay" (2005), "Stranger than Fiction" (2006) and "The Kite Runner" (2007). In 2008, he made a complete about-face and tackled "Quantum of Solace," the second James Bond feature to star Daniel Craig as 007. Though it too garnered mixed reviews, Forster's choice of projects suggested that the versatility he showed in his early films might only be the tip of his talents as a director.

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  World War Z (2013)
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  Finding Neverland (2004) Director
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  Monster's Ball (2002) Director
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  Everything Put Together (2000) Director
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  Loungers (1996) Director

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 Anatomy of a Scene: Monster's Ball (2002) Interviewee
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Raised in a winter resort in eastern Switzerland
1990:
Left home for New York City at age 20
1993:
Graduated from NYU's prestigious film program
1993:
Made two documentary films for European television
1995:
Directed first feature "Loungers," which won the Slamdance Audience Award
2000:
Helmed the drama "Everything Put Together" about a woman coping with the loss of a child; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Directed Halle Barry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row in "Monster's Ball"
2004:
Directed Johnny Depp as <i>Peter Pan</i> author J.M. Barrie in "Finding Neverland"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and was nominated by the Directors Guild for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
2005:
Directed the thriller "Stay" about a psychiatrist (Ewan McGregor) whose suicidal client (Ryan Gosling) makes some bizarre predictions that come true
2006:
Helmed the comedy "Stranger than Fiction," starring Will Ferrell as an IRS Agent whose world is turned upside-down when he begins to hear his life being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear
2007:
Directed the feature adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner"; the film follows an Afghani-American man who returns to his war-ravaged country to save the son of his former best friend
2008:
Filmed the twenty-second James Bond film "Quantum of Solace," starring Daniel Craig in the lead role of Agent 007
2011:
Directed Gerard Butler in the action drama "Machine Gun Preacher"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1993

Notes

"Marc, you're a genius!" --Halle Barry to Forster in her 2002 Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech for her performance in "Monster's Ball."

"I was interested in "Monster's Ball" because it dealt with so many different issues. Especially as a foreigner, when you come to this country you observe things that you're not actually aware of until you come and live here. It has less to do with the death of a child and more to do with racism; the differences between generations; what it means to be a man; breaking the cycle of violence; the whole death penalty issue. All strong issues that I confront myself and have my own opinions about, obviously. It was very important to me to explore them since I live here now and the people who grew up here have been much more ingrained."---Forster commenting on "Monster's Ball" to a German magazine

Forster let Halle Barry have final cut over her nude scenes in "Monster's Ball."

"As an artist, you have to be a bit selfish, because your work comes before everything else," he explained. "But as a human being it's important for me to be slightly understated; it's important that your ego keeps a balance with yourself."---Forster to Los Angeles TimesNovember 21, 2004.

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