Friday, November 5
"Mère Folle" ("Crazy Mother")
Dodge Hall, Room 511 (Lifetime Screening Room), 2-5pm
Screening followed by Q and A with filmmakers Mieke Bal and Michelle Williams Gamaker. "Mère Folle" is a feature film based on the 1998 narrative of the same name by French psychoanalyst Françoise Davoine that stages a confrontation between the doctor and her patients, told as a conflict between the contemporary world and medieval fools. In so doing, the work offers a positive representation of mad (psychotic) people and demonstrates how both "mad" and "sane" people learn from one another. Medieval "fools" appear because they strike the balance between the two by playing the fool, enabling the film to question what "being mad" is. It asks if it is possible to play what you are.
Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society