Scene from the film Picturesque Epochs
Scene from the film Picturesque Epochs
Scene from the film Picturesque Epochs
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Picturesque Epochs

  • Hungary
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The protagonist of Picturesque Epochs is Mária Gánóczy (1927-), a painter and a film aficionado who comes from a family of female artists as far back as her great-grandparents. She brought up nine children with her husband József Breznay (1916-2012), a fellow painter. Gánóczy's films and paintings immortalised the checkered history of Central Europe.

Forgács’s works see representative personal and historical layering by using the most varying film tools and textures: paintings, faded photos, 8-mm film footages, news sections, handwritten documents and radio archives, as well as present-day HD interview recordings. Picturesque Epochs combines art, family papers and the distinctive features and iconic turns of different eras in this intimate yet extensive saga.


  • Original title
    Festői korszakok
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Péter Forgács
  • DOP
    Péter Forgács, Péter Sass, Mária Gánóczy
  • Editing
    Péter Sass
  • Music
    János Másik
  • Sound
    Tamás Zányi
  • Duration
    133 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Hungary
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
      • Fest Film
      • Hungary
      • Matrix Film
      • Hungary
  • Festivals
    • Ji.hlava IDFF 2017
    • Trieste FF 2018
    • Krakow Film Festival 2020 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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