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 recommend 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.'

Epilogue closely follows 50-year-old Neel, mother of three, who Is terminally ill. Neel is determined to spend the remaining time as well as possible and to die in the right frame of mind. Epilogue combines heaviness with lightness with poetry, and evokes questions about the end of life in a unique way. The film shows a process for which there are no guidelines.

Epilogue is produced by Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films, known for other documentaries such as Grande Hotel by Lotte Stoops and Boyamba Belgique. The film was supported by a.o. the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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