EN - Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium but was also the first to make use of that new law. This is the story of his best friend, the girl who loved both of them and the family who stood by him.
FR - Inspiré d’une histoire vraie, Time of My Life est l’histoire de Mario Verstraete, un patient MS, qui a non seulement aidé à la légalisation de l’euthanasie en Belgique, mais a aussi été le premier à faire usage de la nouvelle loi. C’est l’histoire de son meilleur ami et de la fille qui les aimait tous les deux. C’est aussi l’histoire d’un groupe d’amis et d’une famille restés à ses côtés, jusqu’à la fin.
|Title||Time of My Life|
|Original title||Tot altijd|
|Cast||Koen De Graeve, Geert Van Rampelberg, Lotte Pinoy, Viviane De Muynck, Michel Van Dousselaere, Eva Van der Gucht, An Miller, Ben Segers,…|
|Running time film||110'|
|Aspect ratio||1:2.35 (scope)|
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Nic Baltazar’s Time of My Life has been awarded the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the closing ceremony of the 32st edition of the International Film Festival of Abitibi-Témiscamingue (26-31 October). Helmer Peter Monsaert was also summoned to the awards stage where he received the Prix Communications et Societé for his feature debut Offline.
The Grand Prix Hydro-Québec is offered to the film best appreciated by the audience at the Canadian festival in Rouyn-Noranda. This year, visitors were particularly moved by Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life.
Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie Romantique, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Offline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.
Both Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.
Nic Balthazar was presented with a Someone to Watch Award for his entire oeuvre so far. The Flemish director received the award during his visit to the International Film Festival of Cleveland (3-14 April), where both Ben X and Time of My Life screened. Since 2003 the festival annually chooses one or more rising film professionals.
‘It’s a tremendous honour and quite funny that the festival decided to show my entire oeuvre’, states a smiling Nic Balthazar. ‘But their timing couldn’t be any better. The general reaction to Time of My Life has been very positive and intense. After Palm Springs we were rather curious to see how the Midwest would respond tot such a tricky subject as euthanasia. But the way the film has been received out here is overwhelming. Getting the chance to tell this story abroad has always been one of our main objectives.
Gert Embrecht’s feature debut Allez, Eddy! and Nic Balthazar’s Time Of My Life were two of the audience favourites at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3 – 14 January 2013). They were part of the Best of the Fest programming which closed the festival on Monday. In the end, The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
Meanwhile actress Emilie Dequenne received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film for her work in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Prime Time. The jury awarded her ‘for depicting through gestures, expressions and silences the claustrophobia of an oppressive domestic situation, and for conveying with wrenching intensity the descent into madness.’
At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).
Time of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.
Last edited on 20 August 2014