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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 within the mother forces the family to deal with its own conflicts and even teaches them how to deal with these conflicts more tenderly, bringing them all closer together.

With humor and candor, David Sieveking’s family chronicle is characterized by unaffected participation and loving affection, where it is the human being at the center of the story, not the illness.

David Sieveking was born in 1977 and studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin from 2000-2007, during which time he 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 includes: NACHDREH (short, 2000), A PROPOS DENNIS (doc, 2001), GANGA GUEST HOUSE (short, 2002), DIE AMERIKANISCHE BOTSCHAFT (short, 2003), MR. SINGH (2004, an episode of the feature ASYL), WILD MAN (short, 2006), SENEGALLEMAND (doc, 2007), DAVID WANTS TO FLY (doc, 2010), FORGET ME NOT (doc, 2012), and FAMILY SHOTS (doc, 2017).
Genre Melodrama, Love Story
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director David Sieveking
Cinematography Adrian Stähli
Cast Gretel Sieveking, Malte Sieveking
Producers Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Production Companies Flare Film, Lichtblick Film, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, HR/Frankfurt, ARTE
Length 88 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Locarno 2012 (Critics' Week), Zurich 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Planete Doc Warsaw 2013, Documenta Madrid 2013, Sheffield Doc Fest 2013, Black Nights Tallinn 2013
Awards SRG SSR Critics' Week Award Locarno 2012, Special Jury Prize Documenta Madrid 2013, Millenium Award Planete Doc Warsaw 2013
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Hessische Filmförderung
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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