Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize< >
David Sieveking (Germany, Italy) for the film
Vergiss mein nicht (Forget Me Not)
The film - a sensitively told homage by the filmmaker to his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease – maintains the difficult balance between personal sadness and artistic distance. This turns a very private story into a universal narrative about illness and death, love and responsibility.
VERGISS MEIN NICHT (Forget Me Not) is also a journey into a family’s past and a piece of personal contemporary history, especially that of the “generation of ‘68”.
The process of making a film is not just restricted to the mere recording of a family’s dynamic in an existential situation. The film-making rather acts as a catalyst, which triggers new reflection processes, encourages the family members and moves them closer to each other.
With VERGISS MEIN NICHT, David Sieveking has submitted an extraordinarily moving und artistically well-balanced film.