Inspiration Award, 2007 Full Frame Documentary Festival
Ecumenical Jury Award, 2006 Leipzig Film Festival
Crystal Film Award, 2006 International
Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
“Mesmerizingâ€¦ one of [Honigmann’s] most accomplished and expressive works.”
â€”Deborah Young, Variety
We’re excited to announce that FOREVER, the new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Heddy Honigmann on the world-famous PÃ¨re-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists, will open at Film Forum in New York City on September 12th. FOREVER is a remarkably poignant, emotionally powerful meditation on relations between the living and the dead, and the immortal power of art.
During its visits to many famous gravesâ€”including those of FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Amadeo Modigliani, Oscar Wilde, Jean-Auguste Ingres, Maria Callas, Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s, Jim Morrison, Yves Montand and Simone Signoretâ€”FOREVER introduces us to both Parisians and tourists who make pilgrimages to these tombs, whether to pay their respects, leave flowers or personal messages, or even to tend to the upkeep of the tombstones.
Visitors to the PÃ¨re-Lachaise, including foreign tourists, a cemetery tour guide, a historian, a pianist, an illustrator, and an embalmer, share fascinating anecdotes about the deceased, and relate personal stories about the significance of the artists’ work in their lives. FOREVER also features highlights of the inspirational work of many of these renowned artistsâ€”from Callas singing “Tosca” and excerpts from the films of MÃ©liÃ¨s and Signoret to the music of Chopin, the writings of Proust, and the paintings of Ingres and Modiglianiâ€”and demonstrates how their art has inspired and is commemorated by their devotees.
A First Run/Icarus Films Release
95 minutes / Color / 2006
A COBOS FILMS Production in Coproduction with NPS
A Film by Heddy Honigmann