Directed by Hervé Nisic and Michel Beretti

Documentary | 2009 | 63 min

Produced by Louise Productions & Atopic, Paris



It is fascinating to observe the immense influence the artworks of psychologically ill people have had on the course of the 20th century art history.

Artistic icons such as Jean Tinguely, Paul Klee or Jean Dubuffet were clearly interested in the representatives of the Art Brut, in the subtle line between the imaginary and obsession, dreams, pain and illness, these insidious evils that emerge unseen from our unconscious.

With the Bern hospital Waldau as a starting point, which possesses a large collection of works by schizophrenic artists, filmmakers Hervé Nisic and Michel Beretti investigate the ongoing fascination for Art-Brut-artists.

Contributors include Michel Thévoz, founder of the Collection de l’Art Brut de Lausanne, the sculptor Armin Heusser, Daniel Baumann, Curator of the Adolf-Wölfli-Stiftung, as well as the artists Bernhard Luginbühl, Daniel Spoerri and Bernhard Gahl.


Directors : Hervé Nisic and Michel Beretti

Writers : Michel Beretti and Hervé Nisic

DOP : Jean-Jacques Bouhon

Editing : Hervé Nisic

Sound editing and mix : Patrick Becker

Production : 

Louise Productions


Coproduced by :

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Producers : 

Elisabeth Garbar

Heinz Dill

Christophe Gougeon