On the Adamant

L'Adamant, a unique day center floating on the Seine in Paris, provides a therapeutic environment for adults suffering from mental disorders. This film explores the encounters between patients and carers, resisting the dehumanization of psychiatry. 


L'Adamant is a unique psychiatric day center: a floating building on a barge moored on the Seine in the heart of Paris. Attached to a hospital, the center welcomes outpatients and engages with them in a process of empowerment and acceptance, notably through music, painting and body expression workshops. Filmmaker Nicolas Philibert went to meet Adamant's patients. What we see is the fruit of his many visits, during which he gained the trust of these wounded, highly medicated individuals. In front of his camera, they form a kind of disenchanted, resilient chorus.

Theme(s): , Mental health, Portrait, Sociology


Director | , Nicolas Philibert
Year | , 2023
Country | , France
Duration | 109 minutes
Original language | , French
Subtitles | , English
Image | Nicolas Philibert
Sound | Erik Ménard
Editing | Nicolas Philibert



Nicolas Philibert


Nicolas Philibert, born January 10, 1951, is a French filmmaker. He is also a director, operator and editor.
The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, he is one of France's leading documentary filmmakers. At the Berlinale 2023, he won the Golden Bear for his film Sur l'Adamant.


Golden Bear Berlin 2023



21 August 2024 at 20h00

Parc St-Mark 

A discussion with a specialist on the subject will follow the screening.

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