Nov. 28, 2008: “Forgetting Dad” is one of nine IDFA films to be selected to be screened in a satellite festival at the Lux Cinema in Nijmegen – definitely the most impressive arthouse cinema I’ve ever seen. The fantastic new building is not only stylish, but cozy as well, and boasts an amazing nine screens showing up to three different films per screen per day. For a city of less than 200,000 inhabitants, Nijmegen sure has a lot of cineasts!
I was greeted not only by a friendly staff and a big sign featuring half of the collage motif from our posters, but also some amazing custom-made lampshades featuring scenes from various film classics and my favorite actresses Jeanne Moreau and Ingrid Bergman. I felt like I’d walked into arthouse heaven!
The screening went well and the Q & A was pretty intense. Like at some of the previous screenings, many viewers keep hoping I’m going to reveal “THE ANSWER” to them, that I’m going to give them “THE TRUTH” about my father’s amnesia. And once again, I had to disappoint them with the fact that nothing about his condition is as black and white as many of us in his family wish it were.
And once again someone posed the provocative question of why am I sharing my family story with the world. Because I believe – maybe naively – that “Forgetting Dad” has something to tell beyond the simple story of how my family is coping with my father’s amnesia. I hope it gives some comfort to other people who are struggling with brain trauma and / or mental illness in a loved one, or to people suffering from other kinds of family trauma. Or at least some people seem to be appreciating the film simply for its storytelling and cinematic qualities, which is certainly fine, too.
If you had a chance to see “Forgetting Dad” this week, feel free to add your comments below or rate or review the film on imdb.com. It would be nice to get some kind of discussion going. Thanks!