Cinéfranco is proud to co-present
Les Heures heureuses (Our Lucky Hours)
by Martine Deyres during the
Rendezvous with Madness Festival
Buy your tickets for the film and the Q & A session
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
With Martine Deyres, the director and Marcelle Lean.
Debate in French translated into English by an interpreter.
LES HEURES HEUREUSES
by Martine Deyres
45,000 patients died in French psychiatric hospitals between 1939 and 1945. A single site escaped this carnage: the asylum in Saint-Alban, an isolated village in Lozère.
Using archival films and the accounts of those who worked there, Martine Deyres shows how the political courage and poetic audacity that were practised there contributed to changing medicine and society's perception on madness.
Included in this movement called “institutional psychotherapy” were members of the Resistance, artists, doctors and philosophers. Doctors, nurses, inhabitants and patients, all were part of a human adventure whose unveiling is not a gesture of nostalgia, but rather an urgent appeal to demonstrate the same courage and inventiveness in today's struggles.