EN -  Life To Come tells the story of a baby’s very premature birth and hospitalisation in a neo-natal unit. Through the newborn’s daily life, we discover those who struggle by his side: the parents torn between happiness and concern, and the medical staff who have to deal with crucial ethical choices. Fighting for his life, the premature baby sometimes takes refuge in a mental world created by the memory of his mother's womb. Week after week, the baby gets stronger thanks to the combination of modern-day medicine and the human warmth of those around him. This film portrays the relentless struggle to ensure the baby’s survival.

NL - De tweelingen Eden en Leandro zijn te vroeg geboren. Uit de buik van moeder Laurence vinden ze zichzelf overhaast in een vijandige wereld van een ziekenhuis omringd door zorgelijk klanken van machinerie en in wit afgeschermde artsen en verplegers. Doorheen de loop van weken vecht Laurence geïsoleerd op de afdeling neonatologie voor het pril leven van haar kinderen. Bloedingen, luchtwegen infecties, … wegen op de hoop. Omgeven door een medisch team, verwordt haar leven tot het ritme van de tweeling en zweeft ze tussen zicht op verbetering, uitputting, teleurstelling en angst voor de dood. De organische band tussen Laurence en haar kinderen is van vitaal belang, samen leveren ze een strijd die hen een leven lang zal binden.

FR - Les jumeaux Eden et Léandro sont nés grands prématurés. Hors du ventre de Laurence, ils se retrouvent précipités dans un monde hospitalier hostile et inquiétant, fait de bruits de machines et de médecins en blouse blanche. Au fil des semaines au service de néonatologie, la mère et les enfants luttent pour leur survie. Hémorragies, problèmes respiratoires : entourée de l’équipe médicale, Laurence vit au rythme des jumeaux, entre espoirs d’amélioration, fatigue et déception, peur de la mort. Le lien qui les lie est organique, vital. Ensemble, ils livrent un combat acharné pour la vie.

Info

Title Life To Come
Original title La vie à venir
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre human intrest
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-11-01

Credits

Photography Tristan Galand
Editing Christophe Evrard
Sound Jonathan Vanneste
Music Ine Eysermans (Amatorski)

Technical specs

Running time film 75' | 52'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, DVD, digital file
Aspect ratio 1:1,85
Sound format 5.1 stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Main producer Anton Ifland Stettner
Main production company Stenola Productions
Supported by CCA, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), WIP, Proximus
Production partners ARTE, RTBF

Festivals

2016: DOK Leipzig (DE); Panorama - IDFA Amsterdam (NL)

Pieter-Jan De Pue and Tim De Keersmaecker present new work at Hot Docs

Girls and Honey, a short film by Pieter-Jan De Pue, and the documentary Passe-Partout by Tim De Keersmaecker have been selected for Hot Docs (27 April – 7 May), Toronto’s prime documentary festival. The programme also includes Soetkin Verstegen’s short Mr Sand and Life to Come, a co-production with Flanders.

Girls and HoneyHaving spent years in Afghanistan for his acclaimed debut feature The Land of the Enlightened, Pieter-Jan De Pue travelled to Ukraine for Girls and Honey. The Hot Docs line-up also includes Passe-Partout, a film which Tim De Keersmaecker made as part of the documentary series The Paved Road.

Published on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Silent Wilderness premiers at IDFA

Matthijs Vleugels’s documentary feature Silent Wilderness is to have its world premiere at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Also at IDFA, Ben Asamoah’s new project Sakawa has been selected for Forum, the festival’s co-production platform.

Silent WildernessScreening as part of the Panorama section, Silent Wilderness explores the emotional pain of a couple whose adopted Korean son went missing in the woods of Hungary 13 years ago. Producer of the film is Peter Krüger of Inti Films, who is also attending IDFA’s Forum to present Sakawa.

Published on Thursday 17 November 2016

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Director Claudio Capanna
Producers Bram Crols, Mark Daems
Writers Claudio Capanna
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