"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
Nise: The Heart of Madness
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 fresh out of prison for her Marxist beliefs, when she takes 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 sparking a revolution in psychiatric care in Brazil. Her weapons: canvases, paint and brushes.