A Long History of Madness
2011 | HDV | 122mins | Colour
Co-directed with Mieke Bal
Several languages with English subtitles
A feature film based on the 1998 book Mère Folle by French psychoanalyst Françoise Davoine, which stages a confrontation between the analyst and her patients, told as a conflict between the contemporary world and medieval fools.
In so doing, the work offers a positive representation of mad (psychotic) people and how both “mad” and “sane” people learn from one another. Utilising an integration of fiction, documentary and theory, A Long History of Madness is a unique and enthralling journey into the minds of the mad and those designated to cure them. Read more at Cinema Suitcase or visit the film’s official website.
In 2011 we launched the version for the general public. This film is called in French Une longue histoire de folie, in Spanish Una larga historia de locura, in Dutch Moeder Zotheid, in Finnish Hullu Aiti, and in Russian the title is Dolgaia istoria bezumia.