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Marc Forster

Forster in November 2008
Born January 27, 1969 (1969-01-27) (age 41)
Illertissen, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, West Germany
Occupation film director & screenwriter
Years active 1995 - present

Marc Forster (born January 27, 1969(1969-01-27)) is a German-Swiss filmmaker and screenwriter, known for films such as Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and Quantum of Solace.


Life and career

Forster was born in Au (today Illertissen), in the Neu-Ulm district of Bavaria. The son of a German doctor and a Swiss architect, Forster grew up in Davos, a winter resort in eastern Switzerland.[1]

In 1990, when he was 20 years old, Forster moved to New York, in the United States. For the next three years, he attended New York University's film school, making several documentary films. In 1995, he moved to Hollywood and shot an experimental low budget film ($10,000) called Loungers, which won the Slamdance Audience Award. Forster's first motion picture was the psychological drama Everything Put Together, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball (2001), in which he directed Halle Berry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row. 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. Forster received BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe nominations for his direction.

Forster's next film, thriller Stay (2005) starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and grossed $8 million (USD) in the United States. [2] Stranger than Fiction (2006), a surreal romantic comedy starring Will Ferrell, was a critical success [3] and earned $54 million worldwide. [4]

Forster then directed an adaptation of best-seller Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, scripted by repeat collaborator David Benioff and starring British newcomer Khalid Abdalla. The film follows an Afghani-American man who returns to his war-ravaged country to save the son of his former best friend. The Kite Runner was released on December 14, 2007 and grossed $73 million worldwide [5]

Forster directed the twenty-second James Bond film, Quantum of Solace which began shooting on January 2, 2008. The film was released in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2008. [6][7]. This was the second highest grossing Bond film (behind Casino Royale), pulling in over $586 million worldwide [8]

He is a frequent collaborator with Kansas City based motion graphics firm MK12, who've designed the opening credit sequences and other surreal onscreen graphics for The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction and Quantum of Solace.

Humanitarian efforts

Marc Forster was, together with Renée Zellweger, part of the 2005 HIV prevention campaign of the Swiss federal health department. [2]

Forster is also involved in the Red Cross organization "Our World. Your Move" and also works with Rokpa International, international charities who help the hungry, sick, orphaned and poor throughout Tibet, and Nepal. [3]

Selected filmography

Year Title No. of Oscar nominations No. of Oscar wins
2000 Everything Put Together
2001 Monster's Ball 2 1
2004 Finding Neverland 7 1
2005 Stay
2006 Stranger Than Fiction
2007 The Kite Runner 1
2008 Quantum of Solace


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