Ageing and the Elderly

Picture: An old lady in a nightgown sitting on her bed in a nursing home


Making choices seem to be a matter of your right to shape your life just the way you want to. But what if you’re not able to make your own choices?  

Picture: An elderly woman pegging out the washing on a sunny day

Nicht im Traum

An elderly couple fighting for dignity. Both do not accept that their life should be dominated by illness and the assistance of their daughter.  

Picture: An elderly man reading a book in the lap of an enourmos sculpture of Albert Einstein

27 Thoughts About My Father

Mike Hoolboom reflects in 27 brief scenes on the life of his father, an exceedingly clever, yet evanescent personality.  

Picture: An aged woman bowling while overlooked by a small robot

L’année du robot

The human being and a robot as an artificial counterpart. A study on the cognitive dissonance and on a mysterious relational space between them.  

Picture: Portrait of a smiling elderly woman with short blond hair showing her fingers

The Other Fab Four

In the mid-1960s, four teenagers from Liverpool were changing pop music. Mary, Sylvia, Pam and Val took very successfully off as «The Liverbirds».  

Picture: An old man happily watching his smiling young Filipina caregiver

The Caregiver

Raj returns to his work as caregiver to an elderly man, only to be greeted by a Filipino woman who seems to have taken over his job.  

Picture: Portrait of an elderly woman looking seriously

Sol de Agosto

Javier helps his ailing mother Ana, who is living with a bipolar disorder. He returns home to settle a legal dispute with her medical insurance.  

Picture: Portrait of y young woman


Marina leaves her family behind to earn money abroad by lookikng after elderly people in German households. A story on a specific form of migration.  

Picture: An elderly couple talking to a man in a supermarket


However Ruud and Els have been married for a hundred years, it only takes one minute to look at each other with different eyes again.  

Picture: An old and a young man sitting aboard a ship oin the open sea

Ja i Mój Tata

Dawid decides to take care of his father Edward who has Alzheimer’s disease. How much of their life will Dawid and his family be able to sacrifice?  

Picture: An old man holding a recently born baby in his arms

De Hoeder

Nico van Hasselt (90) has been active as a general practitioner in Amster­dam ever since 1956. A committed doctor who truly cares for his patients.  

Picture: Three elderly persons looking helplessly at a computer screen

Digital Immigrants

A group of senior citizens is trying to find their place in the digital age. Their problem is ours: How long can we keep up with the development?  

Picture: Glasses lying on a page with crosswords

Dear Araucaria

«Almost all people want to solve puzzles, I think it’s part of human nature.»  

Picture: The hands of an elderly lady

When Day Is Done

A sojourn into the memories of a life shared, this film is a portrait of my grandmother’s recollection of my late grandfather.  

Picture: An elderly couple taking breakfast


45 years of marriage is an impressive anniversary. Barbara and Zdzisław could be proud of themselves, but something went wrong some years ago…  

Picture: The face of an elderly woman looking into the camera

Ik was pas 14

On October 2nd, 1944, my grandmother, then 14 years old, saw how her father, along with 658 other men, was deported by train. He never came back…  

Picture: Sunset above a small bay at the sea

Världen som en gång var min

A short documentary about aging and nostalgia featuring 82-years-old Carl Schönmeyr.  

Picture: The clenched fist of an elderly lady


At the age of ninety-two, Isabella struggles to remember. How much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?  

Picture: The sun-tanned face of an old asian man


The story of Raïmberdi, a passionate botanist who built his own hydroelectric station to help his family survive a famine in the Pamir region.  

Picture: An old man guiding a mildew that draws a trunk through the snow


The touching life story of Sven, a 94-year old Swedish farmer and poet, told by himself.  

Picture: Wim and his sons in the living room

Alles is gezegd

Wim suffers from what is called »locked-in syndrome«. For the first time, his three sons take over care for some days to allow their mother a rest.  

Picture: An elder lady smoking a cigarette while taking a bath

Undressing My Mother

«Undressing my Mother» is a story that is funny in nature but sad in reality. The film was shot on location in Ethel’s house and directed by her son.  

Picture: An empty suitcase surrounded by geometrically laid out clothes

Negative Space

«My dad taught me how to pack.» An animated film based on a poem by Ron Koertge.  

Picture: An elder man reads on the display of his mobile using a magnifying glass


The film quietly observes the unexpected and rich friendship that develops between a young psychologist and his patients in a State retirement home.  

Picture: An elderly couple lying embracing each other lying on a bed


Gilles Pelletier and Françoise Graton testify to a love that has triumphed over time and engage in a captivating dialogue of desire and old age.  

Picture: Geoff's black and white profile in the sidelightlight

Ghost Train

84 year-old Geoffrey has had to put his wife in a nursing home and feels completely alone until one day he takes a ride into «Dracula’s».  

Picture: An elderly man with a strong visual impairment looks through a window to a garden outside

Notes on Blindness

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983, he began keeping an audio diary…  

Picture: An old woman kisses a young girl

Oma Lien

Lien suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and loses contact with reality, but Christel is still visiting her granny twice a week. Because she loves her.  

Picture: Blind Trevor touching the dress of an actress backstage

Joining the Dots

The story of Trevor, who lost his sight at the age of 60 and found his way out of the following depression with the help of audiodescription.  

Picture: An old lady feeding her sheep


Morag is 86 and lives alone at the end of a track looking out to sea on her croft on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, with her cats and sheep.  

Picture: Street sign announcing Atalissa

The Men of Atalissa

For decades, a group of men with intellectual disabilities seemed happy living in a small Iowa town. Then their neighbors found out the truth.  


Aldrig för sent – gympagrupp 90+

A doc­u­men­tary about a very ex­clu­sive fit­ness group. The av­er­age age: 93 years!  


I’m Here

The last days of a wom­an in nurs­ing care. She can no longer leave her bed and both her hus­band and daugh­ter give ev­ery­thing to care for her.  

Picture: An elderly couple eating on a table

Manolo Montesco and Carmela Capuleto

What would Romeo and Juli­et‘s life have been like if they had not died as teenagers? What would their re­la­tion­ship have been like if they had lived to be 90?  

Picture: An elderly lady in front of the mirror of a bathroom

One Night

An el­der­ly cou­ple in New York. The two are prepar­ing for a ro­man­tic night. Her in the bath­room, him in the bed­room.  


Egg Cup Requiem

John­ny was born in 1930. His pas­sion is col­lect­ing egg cups. It has its ori­gins in a trau­mat­ic ex­pe­ri­ence in his child­hood.