Special: Raymond Depardon

This cinematic triptych about the relationship between psychiatry and society, disorder and punishment started in 1980 on an island south of Venice, continued in Paris in 1988, and has, temporarily, come to a close in Lyon in 2017. In SAN CLEMENTE, URGENCES and 12 JOURS, the great French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon turned the spotlight on generally hidden rooms: an ancient institution, which no longer meets modern standards; an emergency ward in a large hospital for people in crisis; an interrogation room in a hospital, where it is decided whether patients admitted involuntarily have to remain in care. The three films merge the subjective perception of delusion as normality, the medical assessment of behavior as psychosis, and the judgment of a medical condition as being dangerous or innocuous. Until the categories challenge one another. In a radio interview, Hans Hurch once said about SAN CLEMENTE: “The highlight of the film is that the carnival is taking place in Venice at the very moment that people are arriving. Thus, the city is full of crazy people. I think there’s no better film to illustrate what we generally regard as crazy and how relative that term is.”