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Budapest Hungarian Film Week
Non-fiction Category Main Prize
Cracow Film Festival
Legjobb dok. film "Ezüst Sárkány"
The Danube exodus (The Jewish exodus, the German exodus)
(A Dunai exodus)
(1998, documentary, video, colour, 60 min.)
Co-produced with Netherlands
Director of photography:
Lumen Film / NL
Péter Forgács is one of the most prominent so-called found footage filmmakers. In particular home movies and amateur films serve as the basis of stories he reveals and rearranges by using recovered personal and historical events. He is primarily interested in the way in which these films seem to depict only happy moments, but on closer consideration they also appear to tell a hidden history, which can be brought back to the surface by the recycling filmmaker. In the travelogue The Danube Exodus, he documents the Jewish exodus from Slovakia at the beginning of World War II. In three boats, a group of five hundred Slovak Jews tried to reach the Black Sea via the river Danube, in order to get to Palestine. Forgács based his film on the amateur films of Nándor Andrásovits, the captain of one of the boats. He filmed his passengers while they prayed, slept and even got married. At the end of the journey, it is clear that the boat will not return empty: a reverse exodus takes place, this time of repatriating Germans.