Join us for a programme of screenings and discussions directed by Andrea Sabbadini, a psychoanalyst who has published widely on the connections between the couch and screen. Whether you’re interested in the latest European cinema or the connections between theatre, film and psychoanalytic thinking, we have something for you on our programme.


Our biennial European Psychoanalytic Film Festival, held at BAFTA in London, showcases the best in contemporary European cinema and attracts psychoanalysts, filmmakers, scholars and guests from around the world. epff8, taking place in October and November 2015, promises to be our best Festival yet, with movies including Ida and Leviathan, and discussions covering topics from ‘Turning Points’ in European cinema to using film to help disadvantaged children. If you’d like to learn more about the programme for epff8, or want to book tickets,
please click here.

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Framed Lives

From January 2016, we will begin an eight-term series of film screenings and discussions on the theme of ‘Framed Lives.’ The series will explore the lives of prominent individuals onscreen, including visual artists, monarchs, and scientists and explorers. The programme and booking information will be announced shortly.

The Stuff of Dreams

Over the past eighteen months we’ve also run the hugely successful series ‘The Stuff of Dreams: Shakespeare on the Screen’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Chaired by Andrea, the events feature a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s work, followed by a discussion between an analyst and actor, critic or scholar. Previous screenings included Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, and speakers such as Rory Kinnear and Max Stafford-Clark.

Term 3

Splitting Hairs has been announced as our film competition winner! A huge thank you to everyone who entered.

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Congratulations to Diana Tatarca and Nathalie Abbot, the writer and the director team behind this year’s film competition winner, Splitting Hairs. We’re delighted to welcome them to epff8 on Thursday 29 October for a discussion and screening of their short film, which they describe as ‘a psychological thriller, charting a nightmarish 1950s train journey, as a twisted femme fatale tries to ‘cure’ a man of his fetishistic urges’.
In an uncanny version of the 50s, a closeted hair fetishist steals his girlfriend’s locks and escapes on a train where a distressing journey begins. Frank becomes a victim of psychiatry under the surveillance of a twisted femme fatale and her acolytes. A series of strange occurrences force him to confront his compulsion.

Come and join them on the 29th to learn about the film’s genesis and their journey through filmmaking so far.

In the meantime, whet your appetite with these gorgeous stills from the film and its production. You can also read Diana and Nathalie’s bio on our speakers page here.

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