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by Jan Švankmajer


Set in nineteenth-century France, a young man Jean Berlot is plagued by nightmares in which he is taken to a madhouse. On the journey back from his mother's funeral, he is invited by a Marquis to spend the night in his castle. There Berlot witnesses a blasphemous orgy and a 'therapeutic' funeral. The Marquis helps him conquer his fears and takes his guest to an asylum where the patients have complete freedom and the staff are locked up behind bars.

international title: Lunacy
original title: Sílení
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
sales agent: Cinepol International
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Švankmajer
film run: 118'
release date: CZ 17/11/2005, SK 23/02/2006, BE 09/05/2007, UK 01/06/2007
screenplay: Jan Švankmajer
cast: Pavel Liška, Jan Tříska, Anna Geislerová, Jaroslav Dušek, Martin Huba, Pavel Nový
cinematography by: Juraj Galvánek
film editing: Marie Zemanová
art director: Jan Švankmajer, Eva Švankmajerová
costumes designer: Eva Švankmajerová, Veronika Hrubá
producer: Jaromír Kallista, Juraj Galvánek, Helena Uldrichová, Jaroslav Kučera
production: Barrandov Studios, Czech Television - Česká televize, Athanor Film Production Company Ltd. (CZ), C-GA film ltd.(SK)
backing: Eurimage
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment Czech Republic
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