Screening A Long History of Madness

SCREENING of A Long History of Madness (2011) by cultural theorist/critic and video artist Mieke Bal (NL) and artist Michelle Williams Gamaker (US-NL). With introduction to the film by Mieke Bal and Q&A afterwards.
October 9, 2011
location: Freud’s Dream Museum (Saint Petersburg, RU)

in collaboration with Mieke Bal (NL), the Freud’s Dream Museum (RU), and independent curator Maria Veits (RU)

Based on the 1998 novel of the same name by French psychoanalyst Françoise Davoine.
Genre: Theoretical Fiction | 120mins | Colour | Multi-lingual with English subtitles

If your mentally ill patient dies, are you to blame?  For Dr Françoise Davoine, Parisian psychoanalyst, this question becomes disturbingly real as one of her patients, Ariste, dies.  Davoine is abducted and put on trial by mediaeval fools and through the course of one hellish night – across several centuries and countries – must argue her case for exoneration.

As the journey forces Dr Davoine to question her own life, via a mix of fiction, documentary and theory, Mère Folle takes the viewer on a one-of-a-kind journey into the minds of the ‘mad’ and those designated to cure them.

A Long History of Madness is part of the Mère Folle Project