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GOETHE FILMS: “FORGET ME NOT” by David Sieveking

: May 23, 2017, 6:30 PM
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Series co-presented by Hot Docs & POV

North America’s biggest documentary film festival Hot Docs brings hundreds of films to Canadian audiences each spring. The Goethe-Institut is adding a coda with selected German documentaries that have won the Goethe Documentary Prize @ DOK Leipzig Festival in recent years. A conversation about cultural specificity in documentary filmmaking and international vs. national festival programming.

FORGET ME NOT (Germany, 2013, 88 min), directed by David Sieveking, with Margarete Sieveking, Malte Sieveking and David Sieveking

Toronto Premiere

Co-presented by Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

SRG SSR Critics’ Week Award Locarno 2012
Special Jury Prize Documenta Madrid 2013
Millenium Award Planete Doc Warsaw 2013

In FORGET ME NOT, David Sieveking portrays the domestic care of his mother, who, like millions of others, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. David’s parents were active in the student movement of the 1960s and led an “open relationship,” which is now being tested in a dramatic way through the mother’s illness.

The changes taking place force the family to deal with its conflicts, bringing them all closer together. With humour and candour, David Sieveking’s family chronicle is characterized by unaffected participation and loving affection, where the human being is at the centre of the story, not the illness.

“FORGET ME NOT is without doubt a very insightful, respectful film. Sieveking does not exploit his mother’s slow decay, but wants to set up a memorial and writes her a touching love letter-turned-film.” – Spiegel Online

“FORGET ME NOT delivers a private story that resonates as a universal story of love, loss, rediscovery, and family. It inspires and lifts up.” – KaramelKinema

David Sieveking, born in 1977, studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) and worked as an editor, 1st AD and actor for film and television. In 2003, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. A selection of his films include the shorts NACHDREH (2000), GANGSTA GUEST HOUSE (2002), DIE AMERIKANISCHE BOTSCHAFT (2003), MR. SINGH (2004, an episode of the feature ASYLUM), and the docs SENEGALLEMAND (2007), DAVID WANTS TO FLY (2010), and FORGET ME NOT (2012).

Language: with English subtitles
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Goethe Documentary Film Prize 2012
All GOETHE FILMS are open to audience 18+

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The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. In Canada we are represented by three Goethe-Instituts in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto. Outside of these cities we offer special online courses as well as examinations centres with...
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