Distributor:  KimStim
Length:  88 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Participatory
Language:  German / English subtitles
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Forget Me Not

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Filmmaker David Sieveking portrays the domestic care of his mother Gretel, who, like millions of others, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Forget Me Not

Leading documentary filmmaker David Sieveking (David Wants to Fly) weaves an astonishingly candid, loving and revelatory chronicle of the changes his mother's Alzheimer'€™s has on his family. Although dealing with his mother's disease is painful, caring for her does offer Sieveking a chance to reconnect with his family and immerse himself in the secrets and passions of his parents long and fascinating life. Some stories are heroic, while others have left a painful legacy in the couple's long term marriage. Throughout, Sieveking'€™s delicate handling of these revelations moves the focus of the story away from his mother's irreversible mental decline to that of a loving tribute to his mother as a human being with a remarkable life story. What emerges is a poignant and rich study of family ties, the delicate nature of marriage, and the unexpected rewards that come from living life to the fullest.

“A beautiful tribute....made with humor and astonishing candor.”--Alissa Simon, Variety

“A beautiful and emotional film...establishes David Sieveking as a master documentarian.”--Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Twitch

 


Awards

Festivals:

DocAviv
Documenta Madrid
DOK Leipzig
DOXA
Festival del Film Locarno - Critic's Week Prize Award
Filmfest Braunschweig
It's All True Film Festival
Kasseler Dokfest
Reykjavik International Film Festival
RIDM
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest
Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival
Transilvania International Film Festival
Salem Film Fest, MA
Gene Siskel Film Center (European Union Film Festival), IL
American Documentary FilmFestival, Palm Spring, CA

Citation

Main credits

Sieveking, David (Director)
Heisler, Martin (Producer)
Rettinger, Carl-Ludwig (Producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Adrian Stahli; music, Jessica de Rooij; editing, Catrin Vogt.


Distributor credits

Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger

Director: David Sieveking
Producer: Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Cinematography: Adrian Stahli
Music: Jessica de Rooij
Editing: Catrin Vogt

Docuseek2 subjects

Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Aging
Germany

Distributor subjects

No distributor subjects provided.

Keywords

alzheimer's disease; aging; family; marriage

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