EN - Neel, 50 years old and the mother of three, is terminally ill but is determined to to die a good death. Epilogue combines a serious theme with poetic lightness and explores the end of life in a unique way. The film reveals a process for which there are no guidelines.

FR - Neel, 50 ans et mère de trois enfants est en phase terminale d’une maladie incurable. Elle est décidée à passer le temps qui reste aussi bien que possible et à mourir dans un bon état d’esprit. Epilogue fait une combinaison entre la tristesse, la lumière et la poésie, et aborde la question de fin de vie d’une manière originale. Le film suit un processus pour lequel il n’y a pas de ligne de conduite.


Title Epilogue
Original title Epilogue
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Johan Legraie & Michel Baudour
Editing Jan De Coster

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Lichtpunt

Time of My Life and The Invader grab Awards in Ostend

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).

Still of Nic Balthazar's Time of My LifeTime 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.

Published on Saturday 15 September 2012

Tel Aviv honours Epilogue

Manno Lanssens’ documentary Epilogue has received an honourable mention at DocAviv, Tel Aviv’s International Documentary Film Festival (3-12 May). The film's depiction of the emotive theme of euthanasia has clearly struck a chord with audiences and critics alike as the film continues to receive worldwide acclaim.

Manno Lanssens' EpilogueCharacterised by its unique approach, Epilogue evokes the dilemmas that rise when the end of life is near. In his film, Manno Lanssens captures a process for which there are no guidelines but only questions without answers.

Published on Sunday 13 May 2012

Montreal World Fest invites young Flemish talent

A record number of Flemish productions and co-productions have been invited to the 35th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival. In addition to the premieres of Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are and Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas, which had been announced earlier, Montreal confirmed the selection of feature documentary Epilogue, as well as five short films and two minority co-productions with Flanders.

Still from Lenny Van Wesemael's short Dancing With TravoltaWith its total of ten Flemish (co)productions, Montreal has plumped for bold, new and emerging talent from Flanders. No less than five shorts are to debut: the Cannes awarded Swimsuit 46 by Wannes Destoop, Cannes selected Bento Monogatari by Pieter Dirkx, Kevin Meul’s debut The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, Lenny Van Wesemael’s Dancing with Travolta and Mathias Verleyen’s short documentary Sous la Peau (Underneath the Skin).

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2011

Beginning at the End

Death comes to all of us, but remains a taboo subject for many people. Three Flemish documentary filmmakers have ventured into this sensitive territory and emerged with striking films about the end of life. They discuss the challenges of documenting death.

Text Ian Mundell

Still Claire, Me And My BrotherAll three filmmakers had personal reasons for beginning their projects. 'When I was very young I was scared of death,' says Maris De Smedt, whose film Claire, Me and My Brother follows the last months of a teenage girl. 'I would wake up worried about when I was going to die, and worry if my heart was still beating. I wanted to make a film about being confronted with death, so that perhaps I could live with another idea of it in the future.'

Similar anxieties motivated Nathalie Basteyns, whose film Still is about suicide. 'As a child I always feared that someone I loved would go away,' she recalls. 'Suicide was even worse, because I think it is a very lonely act.'

For Manno Lanssens the impetus came from seeing his grandmother's difficult final year. 'It was not a very nice way to die, so I asked myself: is there a good way to die? And that was the start of the project.' His documentary Epilogue, which received its world première at Visions du Réel in Nyon, follows a woman with terminal cancer as she spends her last months at home, surrounded by her family.

Published on Friday 29 July 2011

Special Mention for Epilogue at Visions du Réel

Manno Lanssens’ documentary Epilogue received a Special Mention from the International Jury at the Visions du Réel at Nyon (7 - 13 april). The film, presented in the International Competition, also enjoyed its World Première at the Swiss doc festival.

The jury consisted of independent film producer Jennifer Fox, Clément Duboin of France-based international sales outfit Urban and poet Michael Madsen from Denmark. The Jury recommends Epilogue for its 'sobering lack of sentimentality' and appreciated how 'the director aligns himself with a woman who wants to die consciously in order to maintain dignity. The film is a countdown of unique, precious moments in a family and a mother's last transmission to her children. An outstanding and deeply moving experience.'

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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