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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Diary of a Mad Old Man

Fortnight 1987, Feature film, 1h30


Diary of a Mad Old Man (based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki) tells the story of an old man who desperately clings to life by means of an erotic fixation. When I made the film, I tried above all to describe the old man’s state of mind. His thoughts and memories play an important part, and the litlle that happens is only meaningful to himself. It is a confrontation with one of the most essential things in life: death. Lili Rademakers


Lili Rademakers

She was born in Utrecht. In 1954, she went to Paris to study at IDHEC and then went to Roma at the Experimental Cinema Center. In 1959, she was assistant to Federico Fellini on La Dolce Vita. She worked with Fons Rademakers she married in 1960. In 1981, she made her first film awarded best first Dutsch film in 1982 and participated in the Semaine de la critique in 1983.

Beatie Edney
Derek de Lint
Dora van der Groen
Ina van der Molen
Ralph Michael
Suzanne Flon

Hugo Claus, d’après le roman de Junichiro Tanizaki

Paul van den Bos

Victor Dekker

Ton de Graaf

Egisto Macchi

Set decoration
Philippe Graff

Production : Fons Rademakers Produktie BV, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas Vente à l’étranger : Cannon International, Los Angeles, Calfornie, USA Distribution en France : Cannon France

Title in Original Version : Le Journal d'un vieux fou