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A Season Of Madness

World Premiere: Woodstock Film Festival 2006

Production: Penelope Pictures / Isotope Films
Year: 2006
Genre: Fiction
Length: 16 min
Format: Super 16

Review Highlights

"Beautifully shot and sensitively acted, this elegiac story is rendered note-perfect by writer/director Katja Esson ..." (Orlando Weekly)

"Vibrant ..." (Austin Chronicle)


Based on the short story by Hanan Al Shaykh, Season of Madness is a fairy tale gone wrong about Fatin, a young woman, who desperately attempts to escape the golden cage of her arranged marriage by feigning insanity - but her plan backfires…


Writer and Director: Katja Esson

Based on the short story by Hanan Al-Shaykh

Starring: Marjan Neshat, Maz Jobrani and Madhur Jaffrey

Producers: Chiemi Karasawa, Katja Esson and Joel Blanco

Director of photography: Martina Radwan

Sound: Richard Fleming

Editors: Shelly Westerman, Sabine Hoffman

Music: Reza Derakshani, Liz Lysinger