Tokyo Grand Prix goes to “Nise – The Heart of Madness”

Winners to the awards at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival were announced yesterday.

Tokyo Grand Prix goes to “Nise – The Heart of Madness”

“Nise – The Heart of Madness”

Dr. Nise da Silveira arrives in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock in the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she would start a revolution through paints, dogs and love.

Roberto Berliner is a documentary filmmaker who has often focused on people who bounce back from severe hardship, such as three blind sisters who survived on the streets of Brazil, and a rock star who suffered a debilitating injury in a plane crash. The indomitable female psychiatrist Nise da Silveira, a real person, is the subject of Berliner’s second narrative feature. This attractive figure introduced Jungian theory to Brazil, and made great strides in art therapy. Her tough attitude in confronting the mental-health establishment is deeply resonant. Since first appearing on TV at the age of five, Gloria Pires, who portrays Nise, has enjoyed a 40-year career as one of Brazil’s leading actresses.

Roberto Berliner

Roberto Berliner started working in film and video in 1978. He directed the documentaries Born to be Blind(premiered at IDFA, 2004), Pindorama (AFI, 2008), Herbert de Perto (2009) and Ruckus at the Circus (2013). In 2014 he completed his first fiction feature, the comedy Julio Sumiu. Nise – The Heart of Madness is his second fiction film.



Director/Screenplay : Roberto Berliner
Producer : Rodrigo Letier
Cinematographer : André Horta
Production Designer : Daniel Flaksman
Editor : Pedro Bronz
Sound Editor : François Wolf
Music : Jaques Morelembaum
Gloria Pires
Fabrício Boliveira
Augusto Madeira
Felipe Rocha
Simone Mazzer
Julio Adrião
Roney Villela
Claudio Jaborandy