EN - Ne me quitte pas is a tragicomic ode to failure. Set in a village on the edge of Belgium, Bob (Flemish) and Marcel (Walloon) share their solitude, sense of humour and craving for alcohol. They have agreed that suicide is the best way out if the worst comes to the worst. They have even chosen the perfect spot: under Bob’s tree of life. Time passes slowly in the Wallonian countryside. Fortunately, there’s wood to be chopped, sticky flypaper to be hung and there are occasional trips to the dentist. The remaining time is killed with drinking.

NL - Ne me quitte pas is een tragikomische ode aan de mislukking. In een klein dorp aan het einde van België delen de Vlaamse Bob en de Waalse Marcel met verve eenzaamheid, humor en drankzucht. Zelfmoord is volgens hen de beste oplossing als het echt niet meer gaat. Dan maken ze er samen een eind aan en ze weten ook al waar: onder de levensboom van Bob.

Bob is een vrijbuiter op rust, die zijn laatste dagen in stilte wil doorbrengen terwijl Marcel een gezin heeft dat hij niet wil verliezen. In het Waalse dorp tikt de tijd langzaam door. Gelukkig moet er hout gehakt worden, moeten er vliegenvangers worden opgehangen en moeten ze naar de tandarts. De drank vult de rest van de tijd.

In direct cinema stijl zien we een Waals carnaval, een autoaccident en zijn we getuige van een mislukte poging om de zoon van Bob te vinden. Zelfs de beruchte levensboom van Bob blijkt te zijn gekapt. Maar zelfmedelijden is aan deze twee Belgen niet besteed. Samen staan ze sterk, tot Marcel besluit om te stoppen met drinken en Bob weigert hem te vergezellen naar de afkickkliniek.

Ne me quitte pas is een Waals drama over het leven aan de rand van de samenleving die een ontnuchterende schoonheid en relativering bevat. De openheid van de hoofdpersonen is confronterend en pijnlijk maar ook vermakelijk en charmant. Het is een verhaal over vergankelijkheid daar waar de tijd lijkt stil te staan.


Title Ne me quitte pas
Original title Ne me quitte pas
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-11-23


Photography Niels van Koevorden
Editing Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
Sound Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Tim van Peppen

Technical specs

Running time film 106'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HD
Colour Colour


Main producer Pieter van Huystee
Main production company Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Supported by Dutch Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Studio Godot (Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden), Storyhouse Film (Maarten Schmidt), NCRV


2013: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA (NL)

Flemish six-pack at Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival

Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.

Waiting for August TrailerAfter successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.

Published on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Tribeca praises editing on Ne me quitte pas

Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s documentary film Ne me quitte pas has been awarded the Prize for Best Editing in a Documentary Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The prestigious film festival in New York celebrated its 13th edition this year and screened some 90 features and 60 shorts from 16 till 27 April.

Ne me quitte pasSabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden not only scripted and directed Ne me quitte pas but also took care of the edit. The Tribeca jury awarded the ‘bittersweet portrait of two Belgian boozers’ with the prize for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature in so celebrating ‘a pair of filmmakers’ ability to give shape, rhythm, and even mythic beauty to a story.’

Published on Friday 25 April 2014

Strong Flemish presence in Nyon

Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.

9999Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.

Published on Friday 4 April 2014

Ne me quitte pas receives main jury prize at Eurodok

Dutch-Belgian documentary Ne me quitte pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden has received the main jury prize at the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok.

Ne me quitte pasThe programme of the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok, annually organised by Oslo’s Cinemateket, included 30 documentaries, of which eight ran in the European competition. Its jury offered Ne me quitte pas the festival's main prize.

Published on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Flanders Five to Hot Docs

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary Waiting for August and Frederik Jan Depickere’s short film Adrift are selected for this year’s Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, aka Hot Docs (24 April – 4 May). Three more films co-produced with Flanders,Before The Last Curtain FallsNe me quitte pas and See No Evil, made the bill in Toronto.

Waiting for AugustWaiting for August portrays the gripping story of 15-year-old Georgiana, the eldest daughter of the Halmac family. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. As their mother, who works as an economic migrant in Italy, won’t be back until summer, Georgiana is involuntarily catapulted to the role of new head of the family.

Published on Thursday 20 March 2014

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