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Short Films

HYSTERICAL GIRL

Year 2020
Runtime 14 mins
Language English
Canadian Premiere
Streaming Information
  • Online Only
  • Availability: Full Festival

This short film is included in the following package(s): SHORTS PACKAGE: ZERO TO A ZILLION


In 1900, Sigmund Freud began treating a 17-year old girl whose parents brought her to therapy after she accused a family friend of sexual assault. Freud's account of his sessions with "Dora," as he called her, was the only major case history he published of a female patient.

Intercutting Freud’s published text with a scripted version told from Dora's point of view, HYSTERICAL GIRL revisits this landmark case. Woven throughout the film are several decades of cinema, congressional hearings, and media coverage, and what emerges is a portrait of the grip that Freud’s theory of hysteria has had on popular culture over the past century and into the present day.

Countries

United States
Director
Kate Novack
Producer
Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi
Screenwriter
Kate Novack
Cinematographer
Andrew Rossi, Bryan Sarkinen
Editor
Steven Ross
Music
Oliver Manchon, Clare Manchon
Cast
Brian Kelly, Tommy Vines