During the Second World War, 45,000 psychiatric patients perished in French hospitals. Only one facility survived intact: an asylum in Saint-Alban an isolated rural village in central
At Saint-Alban, doctors, patients, nuns, and nurses worked side by side, for the survival of all. With active resistance in the background, the doctors led a whole community in elaborating a new conception of psychiatry and the madman’s role in society. The fight against the Nazi oppressor changed into a fight against all forms of oppression and confinement. Saint-Alban became the crucible of the “institutional psychotherapy” movement that revolutionized postwar psychiatric care.
Made up of film and sound archives and photographs discovered at the hospital, the film immerses us in the intensity of a reinvented institutional routine, over the course of several decades. Political courage and poetic audacity changed perceptions of madness. Reviving the memory of Saint-Alban goes beyond psychiatry to reflect our own ability to invent and accommodate.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
2019 World Premiere: Visions du Réel – National Competition
2019 International Premiere DOK Leipzig – International Programme
2020 Solothurn Film Festival
2020 Rotterdam International Film Festival
2020 Göteborg Film Festival
2020 Traces de Vie, Alès – Itinérances Film Festival
2020 Nova cinema, Brussels
- Special Mention at Visions du Réel 2019
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Born in Lyon in 1972, Martine Deyres first studied theater and worked as an actress before moving towards documentary cinema. Trained at Ateliers Varan then at Lussas (Master 2 documentary creation), she makes films on public places with hygienic and standardized devices, such as Lieu commun (2003) or White Spirit (2006). For a few years now, she has been tackling counterpoint by taking an interest in the world of psychiatry. While working on the preparation of her feature film “Happy Hours” on the asylum of Saint-Alban, she met the famous psychiatrist Jean Oury with whom she made a long film of interviews, Le sous-bois des insensés ( 2015).
Filmography & Professional background:
2019 / OUR LUCKY HOURS 77 ‘- Les Films du Tambour de Soie
2015 / JEAN OURY, MEETING AT LA BORDE 52′ – Les Films du Tambour de Soie
2010 / THE MAN WITHOUT A TAPER 52 ‘production Adalios – GroupeGalactica
2006 / WHITE SPIRIT production Le GREC, 37 ‘
Prix du CECI- Documentary screens, Arcueil, Prix VOD- Docs en court, Collection GREC du Forum des Images
2003 / COMMON PLACE End of studies film
French Competition Selection – Cinéma du Réel, 2004
PAS D’ACCORD (1) 30 ‘documentary co-directed with Gilles Chatelard and Jeanne Delafosse – Ardèche Images Production
PAS D’ACCORD (2) 52 ‘documentary co-produced with Gilles Chatelard and Jeanne Delafosse – Ardèche Images Production
2000 / Something very precious, by Arlette Girardot, co-author and assistant director Production: Vie des Hauts Prod. 52 ‘
Since 2007 / Flashtanz choreographic company, Paris – video creations
2014 / Workshops and conference – European School of Image
2012 / interventions within ARC Documentaire – Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Besançon 2011 / interventions within ARC Documentaire – Regional School of Fine Arts, Besançon 2010 / documentary film session supervision – Classes A3 cinema
2008 / interventions within the Documentary ARC – Regional School of Fine Arts, Besançon 2006 / documentary film session supervision – Class A3 cinema –
1994 -1999 / Actress in the companies: Colibri, La Grave and Burlesque Equipée du Cycliste, Le Horla.
1995 / Role of Sylvia in Pascal Kane’s film, The Educator
Author Martine Deyres
Screenplay Martine Deyres in collaboration with Anne Paschetta
Image Jean-Christophe Beauvallet, Dino Berguglia, Antoine-Marie Meert
Sound Olivier Hespel, Marianne Roussy, Olivier Schwob
Editing Philippe Boucq, Catherine Catella, Martine Deyres
Music Olivier Brisson, Nicola Marinoni
Producer Alexandre Cornu, Les Films du Tambour de Soie
Co-production Bande à partFilms & Lux Fugit Film
With the support of CNC – National Center for Cinema and Animated Image
The Languedoc region – Roussillon in partnership with the CNC
The Provence region – Alps – Côte d´Azur in partnership with the CNC
Federal Office of Culture (OFC)
RTS Radio Television Switzerland
With the participation of Cinéforom and the support of Loterie Romande
The Procirep – Society of Producers and Angoa
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
After studying literature, Alexandre Cornu earned a degree in film from ESEC (Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques) in 1984. He then completed his year of mandatory military service in the French Army’s film and cinema department. In 1987, he took part in founding the company Les Films du Tambour de Soie, alongside Jacques Malaterre and Bernard George. He became the company manager in 1996.
He produces from eight to ten hours of programming yearly, for TV and cross-media broadcast, working with French networks (Arte, France 5 and France 3, LCP, Planète +, Vosges Télévision and Voyage) and foreign ones (RTBF in Belgium, TSR in Switzerland, AVROTROS in the Netherlands, YLE in Finland).
For five years now, he has also been producing feature films. His latest theatre releases are a film by Marion Aldighieri, “Avec nos yeux” (the story of actress Emmanuelle Laborit’s battle for sign language) and “Jasmine,” a feature animated in stop-motion, selected by the Festival d’Annecy and the European Academy Awards.
An the next one: No Dogs and Italians allowed – coproduction Italy-Switzerland-Belgium-France: https://vimeo.com/285489039
With offices in Paris, Marseille and Vichy, LES FILMS DU TAMBOUR DE SOIE, founded in 1987, has been producing films for over 30 years. The company’s name was inspired by the title of a play by Yukio Mishima (Aya no Tzuzumi or The Silk Drum). In 1993 the company settled in Marseille, developing an editorial focus on documentaries about the arts and Mediterranean culture. Our continually renewed curiosity generated eclecticism: we began to explore new topics and new forms of filmmaking, and we soon opened an office in Paris. Our films are about society, history, discovery, politics, and lifestyles. They are always produced on an international scale together with European or foreign coproducers.
LES FILMS DU TAMBOUR DE SOIE regularly work in collaboration with National French Museums (the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Georges Pompidou Centre) and produce every year between eight and ten hours of programmes for French broadcasters (ARTE France, France 5 and France 3) and foreign channels (RTBF in Belgium, Sveriges Television in Sweden, TSR in Switzerland, NRK in Norway and YLE in Finland).
Today our catalogue contains more than a hundred and fifty films distributed by Doc&Co, Andana Films, Terranoa, France Télévisions Distribution and Arte Distribution.
In 2012, Les Films du Tambour de Soie was named Best French Documentary Producer by the PROCIREP.
In 2013, our film Jasmine by Alain Ughetto was selected for the Best European Animated Film at the European Film Awards.
In 2014, we were awarded the FIGRA Jury Special Prize for “L’Ecole en Bâteau,” a film by Laurent Esnault and Réjane Varrot, produced by Nicole Levigne.
In 2016, the SCAM Star was awarded to “Concrete Stories”, produced by Muriel Sorbo.
In 2018, our production A thousand girls like me, by Sahra Mani was selected in prestigious festivals, like IDFA, Sheffield, Hot docs and won many prices…
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