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WINNER Honorary Mention, Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary, Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 -
"The jury wants to give a Honorary Mention to a film where brave artistic choices are seen in cinematography, sound design, editing and directing."

NOMINATED for NORDIC:DOX Best Nordic Doc. at CPH:DOX 2015 (work in progress version)

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Can a movie alleviate or even cure the fear of death?
Reactions on I Remember When I Die, could indicate it.
Participants include Nobel laureate Arvid Carlsson.

If the human concept of time ceases at the moment of death, is it then physically possible to experience eternity? Can we affect this last moment in life? Can we build our own eternity?

'I Remember When I Die' is a film filled with humour and light. It is partly shot at life's last destination, a hospice, whose guests do everything from extending their insect collections to tenderly caring for a flower in order to make the most of their final days on earth. Partly, it is dramatised with the help of actors who are tasked with putting the existential matters the film revolves around into words. We meet the people, both the living and the dying - but we are also thrown out into a dream world of memories and forgotten fragments.

Death is a process. Not black and white.

If you could hold on to a memory forever - which one would it be?
A highly original journey into the mystery of consciousness, and right into a possible afterlife.

  • Maria Bäck
  • Maria Bäck
  • Anna-Maria Kantarius
  • Arvid Carlsson
    Key Cast
  • Finn Hedegaard Jensen
    Key Cast
  • Bodil Vinther Sørensen
    Key Cast
  • Ole Mehl
    Key Cast
  • Evalena von Hausswolff
    Key Cast
  • Christina Wassberg
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden
  • Language:
    Danish, Swedish
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    November 7, 2015
    Work in progress Premiere
    Nominated for Best Nordic Documentary
  • Göteborg International Film Festival
    February 5, 2016
    Swedish Premiere
    Honorary Mention, Best Nordic Doc.
  • Front Doc International Film Festival
  • Cyprus International Film Festival

  • Jhelum Short & Long International Film Festival
Distribution Information
  • Garagefilm International
    Country: Sweden
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Maria Bäck

Graduated director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2013. With a background in poetry writing, dance and photography, she has directed artistic documentaries, as well as programs for Danish television. She was the winner of Nordic Talents 2013, with her graduation film “Mother is God”, which was nominated for Danish Film Academy Robert Awards and awarded at numerous international festivals, among others as Best International Short on It's All True International Film Festival, Brazil.

Her debut feature “I Remember When I Die”, a tale on memories' relation to eternity, premiered in competition at CPH:DOX and won Honorary Mention for Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary 2016 and will go on a tour in selected cinemas in Sweden and Denmark later this year.

Maria is now working on her next feature “Psychosis in Stockholm”, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age fiction drama about a mother and a daughter on an unusual trip, cinematically mixing magic and science with brains in space. The development of the film is funded by SFI and Creative Media.
"Psychosis in Stockholm" is produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius for Garagefilm.

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Director Statement

Growing up alone with my dear mum, who has bipolar disorder, I have gained a fascination for different types of realities. This film combines my favourite interests (What is reality? What is memory? Who am I?) with my top fear (To fall into oblivion).