Eastern European cinema from a psychoanalytic perspective at European Psychoanalytic Film Festival

epff5 to bring together film-makers and psychoanalysts at BAFTA’s headquarters in London from 29 October – 1 November



Tags: Cinema, psychoanalysis, film festival
24th September 2009: The Fifth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff5) is all set to bring together film-makers, psychoanalysts, critics, film historians, academics and film-lovers for an in-depth look at cinema from a psychoanalytic perspective.
The festival, with Eastern European cinema as the focus of a fascinating programme of screenings, panel discussions and workshops, is scheduled to take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London from 29 October – 1 November.
It is supported by eminent director Bernardo Bertolucci, who has been its Honorary President since it began in 2001, and speakers will include writer and academic Laura Mulvey (UK), director Peter Forgacs (Hungary), director Arsen Anton Ostojic (Croatia), academic and broadcaster Ian Christie (UK), actor, writer and director Gabriel Pintilei (Romania) and writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia).
Festival Chairman, psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini, says, "Following the success of four previous festivals, epff5 is a not-to-be-missed event for all those interested in cinema, psychoanalysis or both. It offers a unique opportunity to see and discuss some of the best, and little-seen, Eastern European features of the last few years, such as the Hungarian Own Death by Peter Forgacs, the Estonian Somnambuul by Sulev Keedus and the Romanian Elevator by George Dorobantu."
An exciting new addition to this year’s programme is a series of workshops on practical aspects of filmmaking, with practitioners talking about their work with psychoanalysts. In ‘To Cut or Not to Cut’, Maggie Mills, who worked for the British Board of Film and Video Classification for 18 years, will explore with psychotherapist and novelist Carol Topolski the issue of censorship, drawing parallels between the limits and freedoms of the mind and in society. Film editor Asher Tlalim will also co-present a workshop, ‘Film Editing and Working Through’, for looking at the editing process and its links with psychoanalysis.
There will also be panel discussions, including an exploration of the role of the erotic imagination in films such as Ingmar Bergman’s Faithless and Love, directed by Hungarian Karoly Makk. There will also be a discussion on the relationship between animation, literature and dreams, focusing on Alexander Petrov’s film The Dream of A Ridiculous Man, and ‘Screening Desire’, a discussion of the work of epff5’s Honorary President, Bernardo Bertolucci.
The full programme, including further information about the featured films and speakers, can be found at
The booking details can be had from:, and for registration you can contact Ann Glynn, [email protected]
The venue details are: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN; Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, 35 Eaton Place, SW1X 8BY; The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
Public registration for students is £240; others £310; one day £180 and half day £90. Group discount for a minimum of four film students from the same college is £125. Tickets are not available for single events. To book contact Ann Glynn, [email protected]_, +44 (0)20 7563 5017

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