What’s Heddy Honigmann’s Cause of Death after a Long Illness?
With a heavy heart, we have to announce that unfortunately, one of the legends of documentary filmmaking in the Netherlands passed away at the age of 70. Heddy Honigmann’s cause of death was announced by her family on May 21, 2022.
She was born on October 1, 1951, in Lima, Peru, and sadly passed away in Amsterdam, Netherlands, In attendance of her family.
Despite the fact that almost 90 percent of Honigmann’s films were Dutch productions, but were made in a variety of languages. She studied biology and literature at the University of Lima and after that in 1973, she left her homeland to travel abroad to Mexico, Israel, Spain, and France.
In Rome, she started to study film and registered at the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, before moving to Amsterdam in the late seventies and making a film nearly every year, both documentaries and feature films.
She was one of the most important filmmakers in the Netherlands. Her famous movies are chimeras (1987) and Bye (1995). In total, she made about forty films. She also made a couple of Well-known documentaries that led to winning a Golden Calf in 1999 for the Best Long Documentary. They were noted as:
- O Amor Natural (1993),
- The Underground Orchestra (1997)
- crazy (1999)
These documentaries were about the experiences and memories of Dutch Blue Helmets in war zones where they were active.
Her other less famous documentaries are:
- Ghatak (1990) (short film)
- Metaal en melancholie/Metal and Melancholy (1994)
- 2 minuten stilte a.u.b. (1998)
- Privé (2000)
- Good Husband, Dear Son (2001)
- Dame la mano/Give Me Your Hand (2004)
- El Olvido (2008)
- Om de wereld in 50 concerten (International title: Royal orchestra) (2014)
- Joke van Leeuwen: Een wereld tussen twee oren (TV) (2017)
- Buddy (2018)
- 100UP (2020)
She also won Golden Calf for Best Long Documentary for Forever in 2006. Since 2013 Heddy Honigmann is a member of the ”Documentary Branch” of the ”Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”.
Her other honors are included: Best International Director at the Documentary Edge Festival (2009) for El El Olvido and in 2017 ShortCutz Amsterdam Career Award.
She was married to Frans van de Staak in 1978. Her husband passed away on May 29, 2001. This couple had one child called Stefan van de Staak.
Frans van de Staak was also a producer and a writer. Lastpak , At Home, Sepio, Schijnsel, Passagiers, Soldaten zonder geweren are movies or documentaries that he produced during his life.
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Cancer Turned to be Heddy Honigmann’s Cause of Death
Heddy Honigmann’s cause of death was announced by her family on Sunday morning. She passed away after a long battle with MS and cancer. At least when she closed her eyes, Her loved ones were gathered around her.
Despite her long illness, she still had plans to make new films and, NRC remembered her as a warm woman who was more interested in people than in political systems.
To remind her intelligence: on NRC, she said late last year that ”I make documentaries to answer questions I have – and often other questions arise during filming: It’s about discovering something I don’t know myself”.
Orwa Nyrabia tweeted: ”From Lima to Amsterdam, to heaven. #HeddyHonigmann lives on, in the lives of all those who will watch her films. This is not a goodbye, dear Heddy! For you will always be with us”.
”It is with great sadness that IDFA has learned of the death of the lauded documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann. In 2013 she received IDFA’s Living Legend Award for her oeuvre. We send out our condolences to family and friends for this great loss”. IDFA shared on social media.
Another Documentary filmmaker Karoline Pelikan shared his condolence and said; ”Metal y Melancolía by #HeddyHonigmann is one of the docs I’ll always cherish. It’s the perfect #film to describe #Lima and my memories of it. Heddy, a pathbreaker & icon for so many of us, has passed away, but she’ll live through her beautiful work. Heddy, siempre con nosotras”.
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