Forgetting Dad

  • Germany
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One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Christening himself the “New Richard,” he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from his family. Sixteen years later, his oldest son returns with a camera to investigate why his father’s memory never returned.



  • Original title
    Forgetting Dad
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Rick Minnich, Matt Sweetwood
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Axel Schneppat
  • Editing
    Rick Minnich, Matt Sweetwood
  • Sound
    Raimund von Scheibner
  • Duration
    84 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Rick Minnich
      • Germany
  • Distribution
      • Rick Minnich
      • Germany
  • Festivals
    • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA:
    • GZDOC – Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival:
    • Highest Rating of German Film Assessment Center FBW
    • Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award:
    • Ippokrates 1st International Health Film Festival:
    • William Dieterle Filmpreis:
    • Dallas Video Fest:
    • Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival - Official Selection
    • True/ False Film Festival - Official Selection
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection
    • Special Jury Award, Joris Ivens Competition 2008
    • Grand Jury Prize, China, 10 December 2009
    • Honorable Mention, Berlin, Germany, April 2009
    • 2nd Audience Award, Kos, Greece, September 2009
    • (Special Prize) Ludwigshafen, Germany, 23 October 2009
    • Honorable Mention, Dallas, Texas, 23-26 September 2010
    • Shortlisted for Lola German Film Prize, 2011
  • Awards
    • Special Jury Award – IDFA; Honorable Mention – Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award; 2nd audience award – Ippokratis 1st International Health Film Festival (Kos, Greece); William Dieterle Filmpreis (Special Prize) Germany: Grand Jury Prize – GZDOC Guangzhou, China; Honorable Mention – Dallas Video Fest (USA); Short list – German Film Prize (‘Lola’ – Oscar equivalent)


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