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MARC FORSTER (Director), with the critical and commercial success of Monster's Ball in 2001, solidified himself as a director at ease with the metaphorical and lyrical language of cinema. With each subsequent film, including Finding Neverland and the recently completed Stranger Than Fiction, Forster continues to add to that reputation.

In Finding Neverland, Forster recreated turn-of-the-century London, crafting the semi-autobiographical story of the inspiring friendship between J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and the four young boys and single mother who lived next door to him. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie, the film was one of 2004's most celebrated films, touching audiences and critics alike; it was was named best film of the year by the National Board of Review, received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and BAFTA nominations, including best picture of the year. Forster received a best director nomination from his peers at the DGA.

Following STAY, Forster directed Stranger than Fiction, staring Will Ferrell as an IRS agent whose world is turned upside-down when he begins to think his life is being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear. The Narrator, played by Emma Thompson, is a nearly forgotten author of tragic novels, struggling to complete her latest book and unaware that her protagonist is alive and uncontrollably guided by her words. Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifah also star.

The seeds of Forster's moody, reflective aesthetic were sown in his first film, Everything Put Together, which he co-wrote. A creeping, subversive piece of psychological horror about a woman (Radha Mitchell) who finds herself alienated and haunted after her newborn baby dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, and earned Forster the Movado Someone to Watch/Independent Spirit Award.

Monster's Ball, which was only Forster's second film, received two Oscar nominations – with Halle Berry winning for Best Actress. Teeming with raw emotion and quiet intensity, Monster's Ball offered a powerful glimpse into the encumbering legacies of family and race, loss and redemption, as well as commanding performances by Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle and Sean Combs.

Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, Forster came to the U.S. in 1990 to attend NYU Film School, graduating in 1993. After completing two documentaries for European television, Forster moved to Los Angeles in 1996.


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