Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Forman vs. Forman

Year: 2019
Language: Czech, English, French
Run Time: 78 minutes

Forman vs. Forman
Forman vs. Forman
Forman vs. Forman
Forman vs. Forman

The mercurial spirit and robust creative life of the late filmmaker, Milos? Forman, takes center stage in this expansive documentary tribute. Culled from decades worth of behind-the-scenes archival footage, youthful interviews, and personal home video, the film traces Forman’s difficult early childhood in Czechoslovakia, reckoning with the loss of his parents in concentration camps and hiding himself from Nazis, to his teenage discovery of the craft of filmmaking. Known for his iconic Oscar®-winning work (including “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus”) each major touchstone in his lauded and varied career, which was often plagued with creative strife and political struggle, is lovingly visited in the film. A vibrant and captivating artistic presence, Forman himself often narrates the film, offering further access to the idiosyncratic delights and complex human interior of a titan of world cinema. FORMAN VS. FORMAN is essential viewing for any cineaste looking to bask in the glory of a truly great and deeply missed auteur. (In English, Czech, and French with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director Director

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna

Kateřina Černá, Christine Camdessus, Alena Müllerová, Madeleine Avramoussis

David Cysar

Jakub Hejna

Film Contact

This film is presented in honor of CIFF Founder, JONATHAN R. FORMAN, with love from David Wittkowsky and Marcie Goodman.

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