Days of Madness / Nori dnevi (2018)

74 min / documentary feature, Feature Film

Maja and Mladen are suffering from different mental disorders. They do not consider themselves mentally ill but mentally diverse. Unlike other patients mainly following strict medical advices and taking numerous number of pills, Maja and Mladen decided to try to cure themselves differently. They decided to fight, not only obvious discrimination to the mentally diverse, but also to speak out about their accumulated emotional problems–directly to the camera. Swallowing 15 pills a day, prescribed by their GPs, is the only medical treatment they receive. It is hard to expect they will get any better. So, they openly speak to the camera-lens, share their deepest emotions and fears and unfold shocking facts about medical care in Croatia, along with facing the cause of their diversity in public. All in all, Maja and Mladen just want to feel like normal, accepted and fulfilled human beings. Maja wants to become Mike–a strong and uncompromised man in Speedo swimming pants and Mladen wants to finally find a girlfriend for the first time in his life and enjoy it liberated from the influence of his priest and conservative family. Days of Madness is a combination of observational documentary and participatory video that will grasp into the depth of what is quintessential–the feeling of being secure.

Film crew

Director: Damian Nenadić
Screenwriter: Damian Nenadić
D.O.P.: Maja Šćukanec
Editor: Sandra Bastašić
Sound designer: Martin Semenčić, Julij Zornik
Producer: Oliver Sertić, Tibor Keser
Co-producer: Petra Seliškar
kinomatograf: Damian Nenadić, Srđan Kovačević

Organizations

Production Company: Restart Croatia
Co-production Company: Zavod Petra Pan film production
Co-funding: City of Zagreb, MEDIA – development, HAVC / Hrvatski audiovizualni centar, Slovenski filmski center, javna agencija RS

Technical data

Film format: DCP
Aspect ratio: /
Colours: color
Sound: 5.1