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Overview (2)

Born in Illertissen, Bavaria, Germany
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).

His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball (2001), in which he directed Halle Berry in her Academy Award-winning performance, the film also starred Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, and Peter Boyle. His next film, Finding Neverland (2004), was based on the life of author J.M. Barrie. The film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Johnny Depp.

Forster also directed the twenty-second James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. In 2013 he directed the film adaptation of the novel World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

He had an adventurous young life being born in Germany, raised in Switzerland where he attended the Institut Montana Zugerberg, then,with his ambition to make films, moved to America to study film at New York's University. His film 'Monster's Ball' had 2 Oscar nominations, 'Finding Neverland' had 7 Oscar , 5 Golden Globe and 11 BAFTA nominations all of which included Best Picture. He was also nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonyman 5

Family (2)

Parents Wolf Forster
Ulli Forster
Relatives Wolfgang Forster (sibling)
Peter Forster (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

Protagonists looking for happiness within different viewpoints of others, while looking at themselves as well.

Trivia (16)

Born to Dr. Wolf Forster, a German doctor, and his wife Ulli Forster. He was born in Germany, but grew up in Davos Switzerland.
Attended New York University's film school from 1990 to 1993.
After his studies in New York, he moved to Los Angeles.
Is the youngest of three brothers. His oldest brother Wolfgang committed suicide in 1998. His brother Peter is a lawyer.
Moved to Davos, Switzerland with his German parents, when he was a small child.
Was a student of the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg in Switzerland, then an all-boys school.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
Declined a $500,000 offer to direct a film despite having no income at the time and living from money he borrowed from friends. He didn't believe the script was good and was afraid his reputation as a director would suffer.
Was offered the job of directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), but declined and did Finding Neverland (2004) instead.
Has directed Halle Berry (for Monster's Ball (2001)) and Johnny Depp (for Finding Neverland (2004)) in Oscar-nominated performances. Halle Berry is so far the only actor to win an Oscar under his direction, having won the Best Actress Oscar.
His father died from cancer in 1998.
Considering himself Swiss, he is the first non-Commonwealth director to helm an Eon-produced Bond film.
Became honorary citizen of Davos (November 2007) and now has a German and a Swiss citizenship.
Supported a Swiss HIV prevention campaign together with Renée Zellweger (2005).
The first movie he saw in cinema was Apocalypse Now (1979).
Turned down the chance to direct Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Personal Quotes (7)

When you grow up like that, and suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says, 'It's impossible.' And I'm here and I'm living my dream.
[on Finding Neverland (2004)] It's not the exact accurate story, but for me the film really isn't about reality. It's about the transformation of imagination, about creativity, about belief. That basically, if you believe, you can make anything happen.
What I'm passionate about is telling stories which mean something to me.
Cities like Atlanta are very advanced, but once you get outside the city, it feels like 100 years ago. Our producer is black, and we were standing in this room and somebody actually said, in front of him, "Can you tell the colored man to wait outside?" It's shocking.
That's why I jump from genre to genre, because I always feel I'm doing something new and fresh. I can always fail, but I don't try to repeat myself. I felt, with Bond, doing something so completely different after The Kite Runner (2007) would be refreshing and challenging. That's how I try not to fall into parody myself.
I don't think people understand what it takes to make a movie unless they've experienced it themselves or been around it. It's a miracle every time you make a movie, and a bigger miracle if it turns out well. So many things have to come together. It's always a new adventure and a new undertaking - a beautiful tool - because storytelling is one of the ancient ways human beings communicate.
I feel really good about Quantum of Solace (2008). The issue which we always had at the time, and still bugs me, [was] we never had a completed script. It was the writers' strike and so... we could've gotten longer, deeper but at the same time I'm really pleased with the movie. (...) But at the time, the main thing for me - what I was missing - or wished that we'd had... six months without the writers' strike, to develop the script properly, get certain sub-plots a little deeper and stronger. (...) I haven't seen the movie since, so I have to see how it's aged. It would be interesting to re-watch it. [2015]

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