May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Month, intended to spread awareness around depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other mental illnesses, and ultimately promote a more embracing and compassionate world. We take a look at seven films that shed light on the lives of fictional characters and real life subjects to offer a window into the world of mental illness.
Vatche Boulghourjian’s debut feature Tramontane made its world premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes on Tuesday. The film, about a blind man on the trail of his origins in post-war Lebanon, took four years to make. The following is a chronological account on the making of Tramontane, told from writer/director Vatche Boulghourjian’s and producer Caroline Oliveira’s points of view.