Lost down Memory Lane

Original title: Verdwaald in het Geheugenpaleis

A feature length documentary on life with Alzheimer’s or dementia through the patients’ eyes. A creative documentary by Klara Van Es.

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The film is available as theatrical 90’ or television 55’.


Lost Down Memory Lane became soon after its release the historical number one in Belgium documentary box-office. The documentary reached more than 45.000 theatrical visitors in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Belgium: After 6,5 weeks day-to-day screening in Belgian cinema theaters, the film continued to be on the agenda of many venues for extra screenings. Please check the facebook pages for most recent updates.

Lost Down Memory Lane will be screened in competition during Docville’s Filmfestival. For recent international festival selections, please visit the facebook pages.

Netherlands: Since September 9th the film is programmed in many film theaters and art-house cinema’s. Check the screenings on http://www.cinemadelicatessen.nl/
Also selected for the Dutch Film festival (Utrecht).

More information on the film can be found on www.geheugenpaleis.be / www.geheugenpaleis.nl / www.lostdownmemorylane.com .


Lost down Memory Lane directed by Klara Van Es, is the first documentary, about living with Alzheimer’s, as seen through the eyes of the people who suffer from it. The characters live together in an apartment called Iduna, under constant supervision and care. Iduna is a somewhat unusual department of The Bijster, a nursing home for people with dementia in Essen, near Antwerp, Belgium. The eight residents of Iduna are in – scientifically considered – the first phase of the disease: flurries of lucidity, forgetfulness and falling into oblivion alternate constantly.

These eight individuals are followed during one year by using different narrative levels: the daily routine, breaking it and their life stories. Only in that way the audience can discover who they are, who they were and what ultimately remains. Only then, their live stories will surface. Only then it becomes clear how their (self-)consciousness crumbles and the absent-mindedness slowly but inevitably gains ground upon their lucidity. At the end of the film the characters are not the same, not only because their illness has changed them, but also because of their advanced disease, they may have disappeared completely, physically or mentally.

To a certain extent, Lost down Memory Lane, is a “tranche de vie”, a portrait of the daily doings of people in a particular habitat and ditto state. Lost down Memory Lane is also a portrait of that same condition: a brutal disease that irreversible expropriates the memory from the characters.



Lost down Memory Lane is a co-production with Memphis Film & Television (NL)
in collaboration with Docaddict vzw and the television broadcasters Lichtpunt (B), HUMAN (NL) and YLE (FIN)
supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, The Dutch Film Fund, Cobo-fund, the Province of Antwerp, The King Baudouin Foundation, the Flemish Community, Gemeente Essen, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Landsbond van Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen and SABAM.

About the director

Klara Van Es studied art history. She has an impressive track of duty as a radio- and television maker. She has worked as a reporter, journalist, director and editor in chief for several television production companies. As such, she worked on television shows for all Flemish networks. And she produced films for public services, as well as corporate movies. Klara used to be announcer for Canvas (VRT). She taught (art) history and she reviewed books and exhibitions on (contemporary) art for public radio. With Lost down Memory Lane Klara adds documentary filming to her elaborate c.v.

Status & facts

Belgian theatrical release September 14th 2010.
The Netherlands theatrical release September 9th 2010.

Lost down Memory Lane is shot on 2K and is released in Digital Cinema format. Belgian jazz composer Jef Neve composed and recorded the soundtrack with his jazz trio.

Lost down Memory Lane was pitched at Documentary in Europe 2008 (I) as ‘Who’s afraid of Alzheimer’s ?’ for a panel of international commissioning editors. The project gained some serious interest from different European broadcasters. The pitch by director Klara Van Es and executive producer Bram Crols was awarded as best pitch. The 3 minutes trailer was nominated for best trailer.

Director Klara Van Es was awarded a ‘Fonske’ during the Ostend Film festival. A ‘Fonske’ is awarded to selected individuals of outstanding importance for Flanders cinema.

Lost down Memory Lane

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