N - THE MADNESS OF REASON

N - THE MADNESS OF REAOSN

By Peter KRUGER

INTI FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2014

A French encyclopaedist tries to complete his life's work from beyond death. Hovering between dream and reality, this magical film plays on the confrontation between the Western mind and African spirituality.

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale 2014
Forum
Filmfestival of Oostende 2015
Ensor Best Film
Filmfestival of Oostende 2015
Ensor Best Editing
Filmfestival of Oostende 2015
Ensor Best Editing
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Peter KRUGER
    • Writer(s)
    • Peter KRUGER, Ben OKRI
    • Producer(s)
    • Meike MARTENS (Blinker filmproduktion), Peter KRUGER (Inti Films), Wink DE PUTTER (Dieptescherpte), Daniel DE VALCK (Cobra Films), Guy & wilfried VAN BAELEN (Mollywood)
    • Synopsis
    • N is a story of an unusual obsession.

      N recounts the story of the Frenchman Raymond Borremans, who left Europe for Africa in the mid-20th century. He devoted his life to the creation of the first encyclopaedia of this other world, dreaming of eternal recognition. He died, however, having only reached the letter N.

      With his encyclopaedia incomplete, his restless spirit drifts around West Africa, caught between life and death, past and present. Why has he returned to the living? An African woman who helps restless spirits find peace, tries to lead him towards his destiny.
      When confronted with civil war, he is shattered. His encyclopaedic mind – bent on drawing borders, on definitions and categorizations – finds the contingencies of reality less easy to cope with. This is the story of how he tries to complete his unfinished task from beyond death.

      N is, both visually and musically, a truly striking film. It is a multi-layered audio-visual symphony of great narrative richness. And it turns on the reason and the madness that inspired Borremans’ monumental project.
    • Partners & financing
    • MEDIA Programme of the EU
      VAF / Flemish Film Fund
      NFF / Dutch Film Fund
      Communauté Française
      ZDF/ARTE
      VRT
      Belgian taxshelter
      Eurimages
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2011
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