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Our Madness

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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.

João Viana

Mozambique / Guinea-Bissau / Qatar / Portugal / France 2018

Xitswa, Swahili

90’ · Colour & Black/White

World premiere


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)


Written and directed by
João Viana
Sabine Lancelin
Edgar Feldman
Pedro Carneiro
Sound Design
Mario Dias
Gabriel Mondlane
Production Design
Marieta Mandjate
François D’Artemare, Les Films de L'Après-Midi, João Viana, Papaveronoir, Sol Carvalho, Promarte, Carlos Vaz, Telecine Bissau


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

Produced by

Les Films de L'Après-Midi



Telecine Bissau