A sailing ship cuts through the Arctic Ocean while the narrator reads stories from people who have experienced psychotic experiences. In the first part of the journey one sees awe- inspiring, dazzling icy landscapes and one hears the description of the revelations that accompany the paranoid and manic phases. The second part plunges us into the abyss, in the heart of the ice structure. We hear reports of the depressive phase. The storm is rising, the rigging of the ship goes crazy and we enter the mental chaos of psychotic people. The third part takes place on a calm sea, in a realistic landscape. We listen to solutions and transformations of psychotics that try to live with their disorder.
Director – Jen Debauche
Writers – Jen Debauche & Julie Labas
Producer – Eurydice Gysel (Czar Film & Tv)
Co-producer – Cobra Films
Cinematographer – Jen Debauche
Editor – Lou Vercelleto
Production support from VAF (Flanders Audiovisual Fund)
Jen Debauche is an experimental filmmaker and co-founder of the Analog Film Lab. Some of her work: Le Sanglier et le Papillon (2017 – 2020, for the radio, a docu-fiction subsidized by FACR), La Mue (2017 – 2020, for the radio, a docu-fiction subsidized by FACR), L’oeil du Cyclope (2011 – 2016) & Persona (2000 – 2010). Debauche is currently working on a multi-year project about the relationship between art, madness and society.