The voiceover says at the outset that a madhouse can be different things at different times: slavery, civil war, a puppet regime. Today, it’s a psychiatric hospital in Maputo, bright walls without, dark corridors within, both accentuated by the crisp black and white. Ernania is a patient there, she coaxes music from her bed so enchanting it could carry you away. When the gate is left open one day, she seizes her chance and a journey begins. But the path doesn’t proceed from A to B, but rather from one beguiling location to another, each flowing into the next with logic of a trance: a recording studio, a cinema full of goats, a boat on a tilt on the mudflats. Ernania was always looking for her husband and son and finds them with ease, but somehow they disappear again at will, just like the other strange objects she stumbles across, the aeroplane fashioned from a hospital bed or the statue of wire. When Ernania and her son stare at the sun, they see the whole continent before them, a terrain, like the film, as rich in references and allusions as a dream. The voiceover also says escape lies in dreams, but that was in the past. Today, it’s in your dreams that they sense you’re there.
Mozambique / Guinea-Bissau / Qatar / Portugal / France 2018
90 min · Colour & Black/White
Ernania Rainha (Lucy)Bernardo Guiamba (Pack)Hanic Corio (Boy)Rosa Mario (Priest)Emerson Sanjane (Nurse 1)Francisco Muxanga (Bad Guy)Mamadu Baio (International Star)Janete Mutemba (Mad Girl 1)Jessica Laimo (Mad Girl 2)Francisco Manjate (Nurse 2)
Born in Huambo, Angola in 1966, he first studied law and then film. He works as a director, screenwriter, producer and sound technician.Filmography
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
Les Films de L'Après-Midi