The story of a man whose life stops at the letter N. Through the colourful character of Frenchman Raymond Borremans, the film focuses on a confrontation between his restless spirit and the African continent.
The story of Frenchman Raymond Borremans, who left Europe for Africa in the mid-20th century and devoted his life to the creation of the first encyclopaedia of this new world. But, by the time of his death, he has only reached the letter N. His restless spirit now drifts around West Africa, caught between life and death, the past and the present. An African woman who helps restless spirits find peace tries to lead him towards his destiny, but his encyclopaedic mind finds the contingencies of reality less easy to cope with.
N -The Madness of Reason retrace l’histoire d’un homme dont la vie s’arrête à la lettre N. A travers le personnage pittoresque de Raymond Borremans, le film suscite la confrontation entre son esprit agité et l’Afrique de l’Ouest.
2015: Pune International Film Festival (IN), Fuzhong 15 Taipei (TW), Annual European Union Film Festival (USA), FebioFest (CZ), Afrika Film Festival (BE), Lasalle Festival International du Documentaire Cévennes (FR) 2014: Berlinale - Forum (World Premiere) (DE), Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK), Vilnius Film Festival (LT), Sarajevo Film Festival (BA), Cambridge (UK), New Taipei City Film Festival (TW), African Film Festival in Oslo (NO), Vancouver International Film Festival (CA), RIDM (CA), Cinemigrante (AR), Film Fest Gent (BE), Film Africa (UK), MiradasDoc (ES), 3 Rivers Film Festival (USA), Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijon (ES), Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (TN), Cinémavérité (IR), Kerala (IN)
2014: Signis Jury Award for the best Film in Competition - Cine Migrante International Film Festival (BR)
Daniel de Valck (Cobra Films), Jos & Wink de Putter (Dieptescherpte) and Meike Martens (Blinker)
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Dutch Film Fund (NFF), Communauté Française, ZDF/ARTE, VRT, DGOS, Eurimages