I Know You Are There (Belgium,Netherlands)

I Know You Are There

I Know You Are There

  • Thom Vander Beken


Quentin is 27 years old. For the last ten years, he has been in a coma. In the hospital room where his mother brought him, one waits for the verdict of the medical staff to find out if there is still hope for improvement. Otherwise it will perhaps be necessary to let him go... The filmmaker says: “In 2012, I read an interview in which they spoke of the research undertaken by the Coma Science Group in Liège, per which 40% of patients in a coma are misdiagnosed, since they still have a sort of consciousness and can hear sounds, have feelings, pick up smells. This story gave me the possibility of dealing with subjects that are dear to me. Who decides if a life has meaning? How far can science go? Who can decide if a human life may end?” The film tackles these questions in the silence of the medical analyses, in the conversations between friends and relatives, in the emptiness of the room. In a very wide frame, the camera allows an invisible world to float past where everything is still breathing: the memory of the past, disappointed hopes, an implacable fate... A film made of strong emotions that is not to be missed.

Luciano Barisone

Section: Regard Neuf
Length: 92'
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Year: 2017
Language(s): French, English
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition: 2017
VdR award(s): Mention spéciale 2017


Tomas Leyers (Minds Meet)
Denis Vaslin (Volya Films)
Erik Lambert (Stempel Film)

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Minds Meet
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Language(s):  French, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Mo 24 April 2017
  • 16:15
Capitole Leone

Followed by a discussion

  • Tu 25 April 2017
  • 10:00