On the Adamant

Berlinale's winning film follows life at Adamant, a unique day-care centre in the heart of Paris.

Sur l'Adamant
France, Japan 2023
  • Czech
109 min.
  • This film is available until 5. 3. 2030 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The ship Adamant is a day care centre. The unique barge is located in the heart of Paris on the Seine River and cares for people suffering from mental disorders. Nicolas Philibert, one of today's most famous documentary filmmakers, presents a welcoming community, atypical in particular because the patients co-create their care. People are encouraged to exchange ideas, participate in artistic and cultural activities, and some even meet to keep the association's bo­oks. Muriel, François, Sébastien, Frédéric are not mere patients, but real people who are able to think, feel, create and have a sense of humour. The Berlinale winning film is a story of everyday joys and sorrows in the intimate atmosphere of the Adamant's cabin, breaking down the conventional ideas of „madness“.

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Director: Nicolas Philibert
Screenplay: Linda De Zitter, Nicolas Philibert
Cinematography: Nicolas Philibert
Sound: Nathalie Vidal
Editing: Nicolas Philibert
Producer: Céline Loiseau, Miléna Poylo, Gilles Sacuto
Co-production: Norio Hatano
Cast: Nicolas Philibert, Mamadi Barri, Walid Benziane, Sabine Berlière, Romain Bernardin, Charafdine Bouzaraa, Linda De Zitter, François Gozlan, Jean-Paul Hazan, Pauline Hertz, Frédéric Prieur

Berlin International Film Festival

2023 – Nicolas Philibert (Golden Berlin Bear – Best Film)

  • This film is available until 5. 3. 2030 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.