Life to come (Pril Leven)

a creative feature length documentary (2016) by Claudio Capanna


Life to Come / La vie à venir tells the story of a baby’s “very preterm” birth and hospitalization in a neonatal unit. Through the newborn’s daily life, we discover those who struggle by his side: the parents torn between happiness and concern and the medical staff who has to deal with crucial ethical choices. Fighting for his life, the premature baby who can weigh as little as 600 grams at birth, sometimes takes refuge in a mental world created by the memory of his mother’s womb. Week after week, the preterm baby gets stronger thanks to the combination of modern day medicine and the human warmth of those around him. This film portrays this relentless struggle to ensure the baby’s survival.


World première at DOKLeipzig 2016, Panorama selection IDFA 2016 and festival Di Popoli.
Belgian première November 14th 2016, followed by theatrical release in Flanders/Brussel through DocPoppies


a co-production with Stenola Productions
supported by Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Wallonie Image production (WIP)
co-produced by RTBF, ARTE, AL Jazeera Documentary Channel and Proximus