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Ne Me Quitte Pas

World Documentary Competition

North American Premiere

Netherlands, Belgium | 107 MINUTES | Flemish, French | English subtitles


Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
The crisis of masculinity subgenre gets reworked in this one-of-a-kind documentary, which follows, with surprising humility and hilarity, the downward spiral of two Belgian farmers’ mid-life crises. Left by his wife for another man, Marcel falls into a deep depression and alcoholism, with only his friend Bob, also an alcoholic, to look after him. Ne Me Quitte Pas is a tender, funny, and disturbing examination of the fragile male ego. Set against the beautifully photographed Belgian landscape, Dutch filmmakers Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Niels van Koevorden deliver an unforgettable portrayal of the true meaning of friendship.

- Frederic Boyer

This film is co-presented by:


Directed by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden

Filmmaker Sabine Lubbe Bakker was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, studying in The Netherlands and Brazil. Her credits include the award-winning documentary, Shout (2010), Power to the People (2012), and Hotel Europe (2013). Her last film, Ne Me Quitte Pas (with co-director Niels van Koevorden), is premiering at the IDFA this year. Niels van Koevorden spent his childhood in Belgium and studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. His senior film, Lukomir – Six Months Off (2010), was rewarded with the VPRO documentary award for best graduation documentary; his second short documentary, By Her Side, won several awards as well. Ne Me Quitte Pas (in co-direction with Sabine Lubbe Bakker), is his first feature-length film.
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
Pieter van Huystee
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
Niels van Koevorden
Executive Producer
Mirjam Bal, Constant van Panhuys, Rosan Boersma, Lotte Gerding
Storyhouse, Studio Godot


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