Before the Last Curtain Falls, Twilight of a Life and Waiting for August are nominated for this year's Best Documentary Ensor Award. Nominations in the Best Short category went to Homeful Bliss, L'infini, The Pond, Oma, Paradise and Mechanical Waltz. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Trailer Twilight of a LifeBefore the Last Curtain Falls (Gardenia), Thomas Wallner portrays a group of ageing drag artists who set out, one last time, to relive their once glamorous lives by touring their play ‘Gardenia’ around Europe and Southeast Asia. Sylvain Biegeleisen's Twilight of a Life follows the final week's of his 94-year-old mother's life. It's a film about life, full of humour and emotion… In Waiting For August, Teodora Ana Mihai follows 15-year-old Georgiana Halmac who lives with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. While their mother is away earning a living in Italy, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family and finds her adolescence cut brutally short.

In the shorts category, there's Homeful Bliss by Jan Van Dyck, about a man returning to his quiet residential house where his family have organised a surprise birthday party. Everybody is present. But, amid the celebration, there are hints that things aren't really what they seem… L'infini by Lukas Dhont, about young Oscar who's challenged by his father's return. Jeroen Dumoulein's The Pond is a poetic horror story about a 12-year-old girl who tries to unravel the frightening mystery of the black pond behind the family house. The Cannes and TIFF selected Paradise by Laura Vandewynckel is the story of people heading for a better place on either side of the ocean. Although at times their paths do cross, they never really seem to meet. Also nominated for Best Short are Karolien Ramaekers' Oma and Mechanical Waltz by Julien.

Published on Monday 31 August 2015

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