EN - Lost Down Memory Lane, a documentary by Klara Van Es, is a slice-of-life set in Iduna, an apartment house where eight ageing women with dementia share their disease and their lives. Alzheimer’s hasn’t overruled all their mental abilities yet: they are scientifically speaking in the first phase of the disease, which means that flurries of lucidity, oblivion and absence take turns continuously. They are, in their own way, perfectly capable of telling and showing what losing your memory really is about. Their life, though on the edge of consciousness, goes on.

FR - Lost Down Memory Lane est un documentaire réalisé par Klara Van Es. Il s’agit d’une ‘tranche de vie’ d’Iduna, un immeuble à appartement dans lequel huit dames âgées atteintes de démence partagent leur maladie et leur vie. Raconter cette histoire à travers les yeux des personnes atteintes de la maladie permet une approche simple, honnête et unique du sujet. La maladie d’Alzheimer n’a pas encore eu raison de leurs capacités mentales. Elles sont, scientifiquement parlant, dans la première phase de la maladie, ce qui signifie que des vagues de lucidité, d’oublis et d’absences se succèdent continuellement. Elles sont, dans leur position, les bonnes personnes pour expliquer et montrer ce que cela signifie de perdre sa mémoire. Leur vie, bien qu’à la limite de la conscience, continue.


Title Lost Down Memory Lane
Original title Verdwaald in het geheugenpaleis
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Editing Leen Anthonissen
Music Jef Neve

Technical specs

Running time film 87'
Release format 2K
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Nederlands Filmfonds, CoBo Fonds, Gemeente Essen, Johnson&Johnson, Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen, Koning Boudenwijnstichting, Provincie Antwerpen, Lichtpunt, Human, YLE


2010: Nederlands Film Festival (NL)

Flemish cinema sets new admissions record

Flemish cinema passed the 2 million-admission mark in Belgium for the first time ever last year. Top of the charts in 2010 were Crazy About Ya (Zot van A), Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage and Frits & Freddy, all of which contributed to an estimated national market share for Flemish films in Belgium of 10.25%.

Still from Jan Verheyen's Crazy About YaMeanwhile in Flanders, Flemish films made up 20% of the box office for the first time. And there was even more good news: last year Belgian cinema made in Flanders received 975 international film fest selections and an impressive 110 awards. In 2010, Flemish films accounted for 2,099,472 admissions in Belgium – a 10% increase in admissions compared to the previous year. The best Flemish performer at the box office was Jan Verheyen’s rom-com Crazy About Ya (Zot van A) with 420,744 admissions, followed by Ben Stassen’s 3D-animated Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage (243,793).

Published on Thursday 12 May 2011

Local fests add Flemish flavour to line-ups

May promises to be a busy month for Flemish docs and shorts. Both the Docville International Documentary Festival in Leuven (29 April-7 May) and the Brussels Short Film Festival (28 April-8 May) are scheduling a strong selection of Flemish titles. With attention for Flemish productions on the rise internationally, indigenous fests are following course.

Antwerp Central selected for DocvilleThe seventh edition of documentary fest Docville is showcasing an ambitious programme, with yet to be released films, previews and one-off screenings. Among the 70 selected docs are a number of Flemish highlights such as Grande Hotel by Lotte Stoops and Waidmannsheil by Klaas Boelen, which were both selected for Hot Docs this year, as well as Peter Krüger’s creative documentary, Antwerp Central, which recently won the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).

Published on Friday 29 April 2011

Lost Down Memory Lane breaks Flemish docu record

Lost Down Memory Lane, the feature-length documentary by Klara Van Es, has now registered more than 20,000 admissions on its home turf, breaking the record for a Flemish documentary. The film has been going strong ever since its release at the end of last year.

Lost Down Memory LaneFor her documentary debut, Van Es followed the residents of ‘De Bijster’, a centre in the north of the Antwerp province which specialises in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The result is a captivating documentary which illustrates clearly what Alzheimer's does to a patient and how the disease progresses.

Published on Wednesday 2 March 2011

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Short info

Director Klara Van Es
Producers Bram Crols, Mark Daems
Writers Klara Van Es

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