A young woman lives in a psychiatric facility in Mozambique. She misses her son. The personnel there lie to her, claiming that her son is not around when he’s really waiting for her. The woman refuses to believe them and won’t be deterred, escaping the clinic at the next opportunity. Symbolic actions mark her search. João Viana’s cinema is characterised by a very idiosyncratic visual style – unconcerned with a naturalistic representation of reality, he treats the screen as a stage.
The long fiction feature Our Madness by director João Viana is being shown in Berlinale Forum – analogous to 2013, when he presented Tabatô at Berlinale Shorts and A Batalha De Tabatô at Forum.
Maike Mia Höhne
by João Viana
with Ernania Rainha, Hanic Corio
France / Portugal / Mozambique / Guinea-Bissau / Qatar 2018 Makhuwa 13’ Black/White & Colour


  • Ernania Rainha (Lucy)
  • Hanic Corio (Junge)


Written and Directed by João Viana
Cinematography Sabine Lancelin
Editing Paulo Carneiro
Sound Design Mario Dias
Producers João Viana, François D’ Artemare, Sol Carvalho
Co-Production Papaveronoir Portugal
Promarte Mosambique
Telecine Bissau Guinea Bissau
Doah Film Institute Katar

World sales

Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency

Produced by

Les Films de l'Après-Midi

João Viana

Born in Huambo, Angola in 1966, he first studied law and then film. He works as a director, screenwriter, producer and sound technician.


2004 A Piscina (The Swimming Pool); 15 min., co-directed by Iana Viana 2009 Alfama; 15 min. 2013 A batalha de Tabatô (The Battle of Tabatô); 80 min., Forum 2013 · Tabatô; 13 min., Berlinale Shorts 2018 Our Madness · Madness; Berlinale Shorts

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018