Marc Forster

Director, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1969 in Germany

Filmography

Director (11)

World War Z 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kite Runner 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Finding Neverland 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Everything Put Together 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Monster's Ball 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Loungers 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jury (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Disconnect 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

World War Z 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sueno 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jury (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Film School 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Scene: Monster's Ball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Dana Kohler

Companion
Have lived together since 2002

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1993

Milestones

2011

Directed Gerard Butler in the action drama "Machine Gun Preacher"

2008

Filmed the twenty-second James Bond film "Quantum of Solace," starring Daniel Craig in the lead role of Agent 007

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

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

2005

Directed the thriller "Stay" about a psychiatrist (Ewan McGregor) whose suicidal client (Ryan Gosling) makes some bizarre predictions that come true

2004

Directed Johnny Depp as Peter Pan 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

2001

Directed Halle Barry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row in "Monster's Ball"

2000

Helmed the drama "Everything Put Together" about a woman coping with the loss of a child; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1995

Directed first feature "Loungers," which won the Slamdance Audience Award

1993

Made two documentary films for European television

1993

Graduated from NYU's prestigious film program

1990

Left home for New York City at age 20

Raised in a winter resort in eastern Switzerland

Bonus Trivia

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"As an artist, you have to be a bit selfish, because your work comes before everything else. 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 quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 21, 2004

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Forster was a staunch advocate of HIV prevention and appeared in national advertising campaigns in his native Switzerland.

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"People always think, oh, you jump genres, your films are so different. But if you actually start looking at them, they all deal pretty much with forgiveness, disappointment, and emotionally repressed characters. Even James Bond himself is an emotionally repressed character." – Forster quoted in Interview magazine, November 2008

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