The World on a Couch

 Georges Federman is a psychiatrist. The walls of his narrow study are lined with a jumble of newspaper cuttings like a crime investigator’s – which is proof of his fascination with all manner of scandal from the world over. His garish coloured T-Shirts run through the sequences like the changing of the seasons, branded with unequivocal militancy. Opposite this larger than life character, we see a steady stream of patients coming to try and lighten their load a little; to make their lives more bearable. French or foreign, asylum seekers or illegal immigrants – from the same part of Strasbourg or another continent – talkative or taciturn, rhetoricians or stutterers, narcissists or neurotics, each of them finds an open ear and stimulating repartee in Federman. We too are all ears, spectators of these sketches that are sometimes comic, tragic, or tragicomic; witness to troubles that are big and small, and immeasurable in reality.

Awards

Marseille International Film Festival – Jury Grand Prix (2015)

Selected Filmography

Till the End / Jusqu’à la fin et jusqu’au bord (2012)
Meeting Above / Rencontre(s) au sommet (2011)

Film sessions

09.21 Monday
  • Skalvija (Vilnius) 16:30

09.24 Thursday
  • Pasaka (Vilnius) 17:00


Information

Director: Swen de Pauw
Scriptwriters: Swen de Pauw, Etienne Jaxel-Truer
Cinematography: Swen de Pauw
Editing: Katharina Wartena
Sound: Swen de Pauw
Production: Projectile, Seppia Film, Neon Productions
France, 2015, 95’