MENTAL (HP) (Season 1)

Melville Theatre | Sep 24 – 5:55 pm  | Sep 25 – 8:30 pm
Sep 26 – 3:10 pm | Sept 27 – 9:10 am | Sept 28 – 11:15 am

International Premiere | TV Series |France | 2018 | Dramedy | 10 x 26 min | Episodes 1,2,3 & 4 |In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Emilie Noblet
Creator and Showrunner: Angela Soupe, Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Written by: Angela Soupe, Camille Rosset, Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Cinematography: Lucie Baudinaud
Film Editing
: Clémence Carré, Emmanuelle Labbé
Original Score: Julie Roué
Produced by: Christine De Bourbon Busset, Marc Missonnier (Lincoln TV), Olivier Delbosc
Cast: Tiphaine Daviot (Sheila), Marie-Sohna Condé (Elizabeth), Eric Naggar (VDB), Raphaël Quenard (Jimmy)
International Sales: Playtime
Original Broadcast: OCS, December 2018

Sheila enters the doors of a psychiatric hospital to begin her medical internship, only to discover that “normalcy” is not all it’s cracked up to be and the distance between sanity and insanity is not quite as clear-cut as her textbooks have indicated. Funny, insightful, nuanced, and boasting a superb ensemble cast of screwballs — both doctors and patients — the quirky series explores day-to-day life in a psychiatric hospital. In the end, it’s also one young woman’s journey to self-discovery and emotional liberation. And as the old saying goes, sometimes the inmates really are running the asylum! Mental was christened Best Half-Hour Series at this year’s La Rochelle Festival.

The three talented young women behind Mental are all relatively recent graduates of La Fémis film school in Paris. Director Émilie Noblet’s 2013 thesis film, Trucs de gosse, garnered several festival prizes in France. She served as director of photography on Léonor Seraille’s feature film, Montparnasse Bienvenüe (COLCOA 2018), which won the 2017 Caméra d’Or in Cannes. Noblet went on to direct the pilot of Irresponsable and episodes of the TV series Demain si j’y suis and Loulou. Showrunners Angela Soupe and Sarah Santamaria-Mertens are members of the La Fémis class of 2014. Soupe wrote and directed the mini-series Les Textapes d’Alice and Santamaria-Mertens was writer-director of the 2017 short film, Blind Sex.


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WIF (Women In Film)

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