État Limite, de Nicolas Peduzzi

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"État Limite," a film by Nicolas Peduzzi

In "État Limite," selected at the ACID section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2023, Nicolas Peduzzi creates a chronicle on the difficulties of working in a psychiatric hospital, depicting overwhelmed doctors and abandoned patients. With a clear-eyed view of the public hospital system and an underfunded sector, the film, which received support from the Aide aux cinémas du monde, captivates with its melancholy and deep commitment. It is being screened in French theaters since May 1st 2024. 

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A renowned documentary filmmaker

Born in Paris in 1982, Nicolas Peduzzi grew up in Italy, where he studied theater and film. After moving to New York, he enrolled in Susan Batson's night classes and began making self-funded short films. Also an actor, he directed his first feature film, "Southern Belle", in 2017, winning the Grand Prize in the French competition at FIDMarseille. The film was also included in the Best of Doc selection for the 2019 "Month of Documentary." In 2021, his second feature film, "Ghost Song", was selected for the ACID program at the Cannes Film Festival and won an award at the Seville Festival. His third film, "État Limite", was also screened in the ACID section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023. 


A vision of the psychiatric hospital

With "État Limite", Nicolas Peduzzi follows in the footsteps of a young mobile psychiatrist at Beaujon Hospital in Clichy. He examines the psychiatrist's daily rounds through various departments, from emergency and intensive care to gastroenterology and obstetric gynecology. The protagonist, the son of Syrian doctors, who grew up within the public hospital system, tirelessly fights against time and productivity demands to alleviate patients' suffering and engage in genuine interactions with them. 


Mettre en lumière les délaissés 

Dans ce troisième long métrage, le réalisateur entre pudiquement dans les chambres de l'hôpital pour capter les liens qui se créent et la manière dont les soins s'organisent. Il interroge également la difficulté d'exercer dans une institution en souffrance et entremêle ses images des photographies en noir et blanc de Pénélope Chauvelot. À la fois mélancolique et politique, le documentaire raconte les complexités de la médecine psychiatrique, mais aussi la chute de l'hôpital public, tout en mettant en lumière des médecins épuisés et des patients souvent laissés de côté. 


Support from Aide aux cinémas du monde

Presented at the ACID section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2023, "État Limite" won the Jury Prize at CPH DOX 2023, the annual documentary festival in Copenhagen. Released in France on May 1st, the film is supported by Aide aux cinémas du monde, a program co-managed by the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) and the Institut français. This program aims to support feature-length fiction, animation, or creative documentary projects during their initial theatrical release. 

The Institut français

"État Limite" benefited from the support of the Institut français as part of the Aide aux cinémas du monde, a fund co-managed with the CNC.