Melbourne Filmoteca Melbourne Filmoteca Presents

Nise: The Heart of Madness

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Based on the true story of Nise da Silveira, a pioneering figure well-known in Brazil, who led a rebellious but full life. The film, set in the early '40s, follows Nise who, fresh out of prison for her Marxist beliefs, has just taken a job in a Rio de Janeiro psychiatric hospital. Here she fights against the prejudices of men and of science by daringly treating her patients as human beings and thus leading a revolution in psychiatric care in Brazil. Her weapons: canvases, paint and brushes.

WINNER - Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Actress, Tokyo International Film Festival 2015; 
WINNER - Audience Award, Rio International Film Festival 2015;
OFFICIAL SELECTION: São Paulo International Film Festival 2015; OFFICIAL SELECTION: Glasgow International Film Festival 2016

"Elegantly combining a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation, the film’s nicely understated humanity … meant that Rio audiences voted Nise their favourite film this year. - The Hollywood Reporter

Opening Night Film + After Party! Ticket includes drink on arrival and canapés served at after party.