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.

50-year-old Neel, mother of three children, is diagnosed as terminally ill with only a year left to live. Yet she is determined to spend her remaining time as well as possible and to die peacefully. For Neel, accepting death and facing the end with serenity is part of that process. But in the meantime, her family struggle to cope with the prospect of living without her.

Epilogue received its world premiere in 2011 at the Swiss Visions du Réel festival, where the documentary screened in the Official Competition. The International Jury, which included independent film producer Jennifer Fox and Danish poet Michael Madsen, presented the film with a Special Mention for its ‘sobering lack of sentimentality’. The jury also 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 is produced by Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films (Grande Hotel) and was made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Published on Sunday 13 May 2012

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