Forever

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Forever is a film about the power and vitality of art and a place where love and death go hand in hand and beauty lives on: the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.


Père-Lachaise – one of the world’s most famous and beautiful cemeteries – is the final resting-place of a gifted group of artists from all eras and corners of the world. Some – such as Piaf, Proust, Jim Morrison and Chopin – are worshipped to this day. Others have fallen into oblivion, or are visited occasionally by a single admirer.

In Forever we see the mysterious, calming and consoling beauty of this unique cemetery through the eyes of people of flesh and blood. Many come for their ‘own’ beloved: husbands, wives, family and friends. Others honour ‘their’ artist by leaving behind a personal message or a flower. While admirers share with us the importance of art and beauty in their lives, the graveyard gradually reveals itself as a source of inspiration for the living.

Death offers little consolation except for the passing of time, the melancholia of a moss-covered tomb, and the beauty and power of a piece of music, a poem or a painting.

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Director: HEDDY HONIGMANN

Producer: CARMEN COBOS

Officially selected for competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2006
Closing Film of the Dutch film Festival 2006 (in competition)

photography ROBERT ALAZRAKI
sound PIOTR VAN DIJK
editor DANNIEL DANNIEL
sound design HUGO DIJKSTAL
Written by HEDDY HONIGMANN and ESTER GOULD in cooperation with JUDITH VRERIKS
commissioning editors CEES VAN EDE & ANNEMIEK VAN DER ZANDEN

A Cobos Films production in co-production with NPS Television

This film was made with the participation of Dutch Film Fund, CoBO FUND, Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Promotion Fund, ThuisKopie Fund, MEDIA PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT and MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

With support of YLE Teema Finland, TV Estonia, SBS Australia and SVT Sweden

Distribution worldwide: Films Transit International Inc. www.filmstransit.com Distribution cinema NDL: Cinema Delicatessen www.cinemadelicatessen.nl

Versions: French with Dutch, English and Spanish subtitles, colour, 95 mins & 57 mins

Copyright: © 2006 Cobos Films BV/ NPS


Dutch Film Award, Best Feature Documentary , Utrecht 2006
Critic’s Film Award, Utrecht 2006
The Ecumenical Jury Award Leipzig 2006
Crystal Film Award NDL (> 10.000 visitors) 2006
Lorenzo De’ Medici Prize, Festival Dei Popoli 2006
Punto de vista First Prize, International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra 2007
Full Frame Inspiration Award USA 2007
Johnnie Walker Audience Award for Best Feature Film, 4th IndieLisboa festival 2007

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