How to acquire the DVD?
The Feature disc has the release version of the film, with subtitles in six languages: French, Finnish, Dutch, Spanish, English, and Russian.
The "Extras" disc includes an introduction to the project, as well as a "making of" featurette. Also, there is a conversation between Marja (Sissi) and Marjo (Sissi's analyst) about Sissi's case. This is paired by an enlightening dialogue between Françoise and Thomas (Artaud, Antonin, Herlat...) about acting in multiple roles, as well as a piece that develops the analogy between music and psychoanalysis, and two more reflections on madness.
The disc also includes several short scenes that didn't make it into the final film.
How to acquire the DVD?
Instead of selling the DVD box, we ask you to support our new project, Madame B, inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece, by donating the worth of the DVD box set to help us finish this project. If you care to make a donation to support this endeavour, Madame B, here is the deal:
For donations of 25 euro or more, you will get the double DVD set for A Long History of Madness.
For donations of 100 euro or more, you get, in addition, a catalogue of the exhibition Landscapes of Madness: an exhibition held at Ars Nova, Turku, Finland in October 2011. This exhibition features used, but also and additional footage from the film.
How to become an official supporter of Madame B
Make a donation by bank transfer to our project account at the University of Amsterdam:
Deutsche Bank # 446607460
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Reference: WBS C.2022.0056.01 Mieke Bal (very important to add this!)
IBAN Code : NL56DEUT0446607460
BIC : DEUTNL2N
Deutsche Bank, De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Send us an e-mail detailing your support (date of transfer, reference and amount), so that we know to send you the DVD.
Please include your postal address in your message, which can be sent to: Margreet.Vermeulen[at]uva.nl
We are very grateful for your support!
Mieke & Michelle
A Long History of Madness (2011)| Theoretical Fiction|120mins | Colour | Multi-lingual with Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Russian and Spanish subtitles
In 2011 we will be launching the version for the general public. This film will be called in English A Long History of Madness, in French Une longue histoire de folie, in Spanish Una larga historia de locura, in Dutch Moeder Zotheid, and in Finnish Hullu Aiti. For the Russian the title is Dolgaia istoria bezumia.
Una segunda oportunidad (2011) | 25mins | Colour | Finnish and French with Spanish subtitles
In January 2011, we will present the film Una segunda oportunidad (A Second Chance) in the Fundación José García Jiménez, Murcia, Spain, for the video exhibition La última frontera. Sissi was Françoise's first patient. Like Freud's Dora, Sissi interrupted her analysis prematurely. Later she continued with another analyst in Finland, her second chance. In the film we follow the treatment, while the new analyst reads from Françoise's case file on this patient, conjuring up images of Françoise reminiscing about Sissi. Imagining herself to be the Empress of Austria-Hungary, Sissi changes her fancy outfits with each session. Her gestures shift from regal to dejected, her moods from joyful to vulnerable and angry, sometimes within moments.
Mère Folle (2010) |130mins | Colour | Multi-lingual with English subtitles
In Autumn 2010 we started to screen films for a variety of audiences. In the Festival Madness & Arts we premiered the film cut for this context, titled Mère Folle. The international festival combined different arts and problematics of madness. After this beginning, we showed versions of this film to audiences in mental health institutions, in academic environments, and in art settings, such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. These screenings were followed by panel discussions or Q&A sessions.