Lost in Memories is a documentary by Ruud Lenssen that captures the process of dementia and care his parents are going through. Father Jac has created his own little paradise: an acre of land with horses, chickens and a vegetable garden. The meadow is his life’s work and Jac is determined to continue looking after it. Especially now he has been diagnosed with dementia. The nature and his animals offer Jac comfort and provide grip in an increasingly confusing life.
Mother Ria is concerned about Jac’s decline. The care for her husband is becoming more and more intensive and she must give up parts of her own life. Her feelings of love and caring regularly shift to feelings of frustration and loneliness. Nevertheless, she wants to take care of Jac at home for as long as she can. But while Jac is trying to cling to his paradise, the inevitable farewell is closing in.
Lost in Memories is not only a film about dementia and care, but also a loving story about the impermanence of life.
Directed by: Ruud Lenssen
Length: 71 min.
Screenings & awards the Netherlands
– IDFA 2019 | *Nomination Best Dutch Documentary / *Top 15 audience favorites (9.0)
– Limburg Film Festival 2020 | *Winner Best Feature Length Documentary
– Dutch Filmfestival 2020
– Theatrical release in The Netherlands in 45+ cinemas | *Crystal Film Award
– Shortlist Dutch submission Academy Awards (Oscars)
Screenings & awards international
– One World Filmfestival 2020, Prague, CZ
– International Documentary Filmfestival of Ierapetra 2020, GR
– Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2020, AU | *Winner Best International Documentary
– Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2020, USA
– Kasseler Dokfest 2020, GER
– Breaking Down Barriers Filmfestival 2020, RUS | *Winner Best Cinematography
– Guangzhou International Documentary Filmfestival 2020, CH
– Festival Millenium 2021, Brussels, BE
– International Filmmaker Festival of New York 2021, USA
– Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2021, USA
– Third ACTion Filmfestival 2021, Calgary, CA
– Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021, AUS
– Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Budapest 2021, HUN