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Nise: The Heart of Madness

Nise: O Coração da Loucura

2015, Robert Berliner, Brazil, 106 min. With Glória Pires, Charles Fricks.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 28th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 29th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 30th 5:30pm
  • Mon, May 1st 8:00pm
  • Tue, May 2nd 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 3rd 8:00pm
  • Thu, May 4th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A brilliantly rendered slice of history." — Jenny Kermode, Eye for Film

"Potent yet delicate...elegantly combining a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation." — Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST meets SÉRAPHINE in this stirring fact-based drama of the struggle for psychiatric reform and the value of outsider art. A revered icon in Brazil, psychiatrist Nise da Silveira was a pioneer in the use of art as therapy and the introduction of Jungian psychology in Brazil. Arriving at a Rio de Janeiro mental hospital in 1944, she is appalled by the electroshock-and-lobotomy methods favored by the doctors. She soon finds herself exiled to the Occupational Therapy department — the equivalent of Siberia. Nise has a rough time with the neglected and mistreated patients, until she introduces them to painting and sculpting. The resulting works not only succeed as therapy but produce art whose genuine quality is praised by critics and whose forms are rife with Jungian archetypes. As Nise says, "They're communicating in a language we've forgotten — a language of the unconscious." Director Berliner, best known for his work in documentaries, brings a ring of authenticity to the story, and carefully develops the patients as individuals whose distinctive personalities are expressed through their art. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

Saturday, April 29 at 5:00 PM: Post-screening skype Q&A session with Director Roberto Berliner and Debra Kerr, Executive Director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

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