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On the Adamant

Directed by Nicolas Philibert

Release: 2023
Runtime: 109
Country: France, Japan
Language: French w/ English subtitles

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this affecting, enlightening documentary from nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have, In the Land of the Deaf) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community. The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine River in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults with mental illnesses. Its attendees come from across the city and are offered care that grounds them in time and space, helping them achieve recovery and stability. Through a blend of therapy, education, and culture rooted in music and the arts, the Adamant offers a hopeful vision of what a humanistic approach to mental health care could look like. The community on the boat is intentionally created so that both the staff and the people receiving care are treated with the same respect and dignity. Their meetings and conversations reveal the camaraderie and collective humanity of a group of people whose similarities far outweigh their differences.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color

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Avalon Theatre Washington 1713326400April 17, 2024
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1713412800April 18 - April 19, 2024
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1714708800May 3 - May 5, 2024
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1716523200May 24 - May 30, 2024
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1710475200March 15 - March 21, 2024
IFC Center New York 1711684800March 29 - April 4, 2024
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1713499200April 19 - April 25, 2024
Phoenix Film Society Phoenix 1715572800May 13, 2024
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1710475200March 15 - March 21, 2024