Where does love go
when we fall in hate?

Two star-crossed lovers trapped in a kingdom of shadows
fight to keep their love alive as they gradually fall in hate.

About the film

Unseen cinema reveals
a battle of the sexes

Director Peet Gelderblom:

“As I dived into the
archives, the archives
also dived into me”


"Rich and assured"

"Formally adventurous and technically impeccable but with soul and a point. A rare combination of aspects. The style is very cognizant of film history, but not a slave to it. Gelderblom’s got his own voice, and it’s rich and assured."

Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com, New York Magazine

"A Unique Viewing Experience"

"This virtuoso collage of film fragments from the immense Eye Filmmuseum archive is an epic ode to the classic film melodrama. Gelderblom elevates the art of montage to a higher plane to create a unique viewing experience."

Chris Oosterom
Imagine Film Festival

"A Perfect Fit"

"When Forever Dies is a perfect fit with the ambitions of Eye Filmmuseum to open up our collection and make it visible anew."

Frank Roumen
Eye Filmmuseum
When Forever Dies Chronology

Cinematic Timeline

  1. "The Horse in Motion" (1878)

    By many considered the oldest piece of cinema, even if it’s actually "chronophotography": an early method to photographically record the passage of time.

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  2. The birth of cinema (1895)

    Cinema was truy born when the Lumière brothers held the first commercial screening at the Grand Café in Paris, where they unveiled 10 short films they filmed earlier that year, using a camera-projector they invented called the Cinématographe.

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  3. "Jeanne D'Arc" (1900)

    Painstakingly hand-colored and staged in Méliès's usual theatrical style, this was the first of his films to surpass 200 meters in length, and the second to use changes of scene (11 to be exact).

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  4. "The Mills In Joy And Sorrow" (1912)

    A silent Dutch film (original title: "De Molens Die Juichen en Weenen") that features stencil-coloring as well as tints and tones, showing the whole gamut of applied colors in the pre-WWI era.

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  5. "Terra Nova" (1932)

    Considered lost for sixty years, Gerard Rutten's "Terra Nova" was to have been the first Dutch sound film, but it never found its way to the big screen. By the time the talkies were taking over, tinting and toning had fallen out of favor. Cinema became synonymous with black and white.

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  6. "Prince Electron" (1956)

    This little-seen miniature operette in glorious Technicolor is one of many undeservedly forgotten puppet animations produced by Joop Geesink’s Dollywood.

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  7. "À La Votre" (1973)

    Quirky arthouse cinema meets feminist fantasy in Monique Renault’s surrealistic take on the sexual revolution.

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  8. "Skelehellavision" (2002)

    The remix culture that started in the 1990s gave rise to wild found-footage experiments like this rotoscoped pornography by Martha Colburn.

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  9. "When Forever Dies" (2020)

    All foregoing and much more is woven into the fabric of When Forever Dies.

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Eye Filmmuseum


Tangerine Tree


Pieter Straatman

Lead Composer

Peet Gelderblom


World Premiere Countdown

Imagine Film Festival 2020


Title: When Forever Dies
Running Time:
109 min
Genre: Drama, Archival Fiction
Country of Production: The Netherlands
Language: English


Tangerine Tree
Gouvernestraat 133-1
3014 PM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Email: Nienke Korthof (producer)