The European Psychoanalytic Film Festival is back for the seventh time!

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This October 31, the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival returns with some of the boldest, most thought provoking voices from European cinema in recent years.
Secrets’ is the theme that unites our films this year – and one that guarantees a series of lively discussions as screenings bring you face to face with both directors and prominent psychoanalysts.
Here’s what Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, says about this year’s theme:
Since its inaugural year in 2001, epff has been bringing together psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, filmmakers, academics, critics, students and film enthusiasts under one roof.
And once again, over four days of films, lectures, round-table discussions and a packed social schedule, we aim to foster creative dialogue and illuminate new pathways between the arts and theories of the mind.
If you have an interest in cinema and the many ways it can be enriched through psychoanalytical perspectives, this is an event not to be missed.
Note: all proceedings will be in English.

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Watch this video for some highlights from last year’s festival, epff6.


This year’s films

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- AUSTRIA  Atmen [Breathing] (Karl Markovics, 2011 – 94 min)
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

- BRITAIN  The Third Secret (Charles Crichton, 1964 – 99 min) A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide, and enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth.

- HUNGARY  Bizalom [Confidence] (István Szabó, 1979 – 101 min) During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love.

- ITALY   lo e te [Me and You] (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2011-103 min) An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.

- SWEDEN  Svinalängorna [Beyond] (Pernilla August, 2011- 99 min)A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman’s experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism.

- BOSNIA  Halimin Put [Halima’s Path] (Arsen Anton Ostojic, 2012 – 95 min) In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.

- FRANCE  Augustine (Alice Winocour, France 2012  –  101 mins) A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.



- CROATIA Nije ti Zivot Pjesma Havaja [Family Meals] (Dana Budisavljevic, 2012 – 50 min)Download more information here

Five years after last gathering, a birthday celebration brings together an ordinary four member family. They start questioning what made them turn away from each other… Can having a conversation about buried family secrets help them eat without cramps in the stomach in the future? Through the ritual of family meals, the film tells how important is for us to feel accepted by our loved ones.

- ESTONIA Disko & Tuumasoda [Disco & Atomic War] (Jaak Kilmi & Klur Aarma, 2009 – 78 min) From the 1950s onward, Soviet occupied Estonia was the battleground for a peculiar information war, where the totalitarian Soviet regime went head-to-head with Western pop culture and learned that no one really cared about Lenin or Marx. Instead, the Estonian public wanted to know ‘who shot J.R.?’ and what the latest disco moves were.

Our list of speakers

(For biographies, click here)

Christel Airas, Psychoanalyst
Pernilla August, Filmmaker
Lisa Appignanesi, Writer
Caroline Bainbridge, Film Scholar
Bernardo Bertolucci, Filmmaker
Irma Brenman Pick, Psychoanalyst
Adama Boulanger, Psychotherapist
Ron Britton, Psychoanalyst
Dana Budisavljevic, Filmmaker
Dave Calhoun, Film critic
Don Campbell, Psychoanalyst
Ian Christie, Film scholar
Charles Drazin, Film scholar
Peter Evans, Film scholar
Michael Halton, Psychoanalyst
Viviane Janson, Psychoanalyst
Jaak Kilmi, Filmmaker
Arto Leppänen, Psychoanalyst
Karl Marcovics, Filmmaker
Stanislav Matacic, Psychoanalyst
Laura Mulvey, Film scholar
Kannan Navaratnem, Psychoanalyst
Arsen Anton Ostojic, Filmmaker
Catherine Portuges, Film scholar
John Rignell, Psychotherapist
Andrea Sabbadini, Psychoanalyst
Valeria Sarmiento, Filmmaker
Elisabeth Skale, Psychoanalyst
Istvàn Szabó, Filmmaker
Judit Szekacs, Psychoanalyst
Nick Temple, Psychoanalyst
Kari Tuhkanen, Psychoanalyst
Andrew Webber, Film Scholar
Alice Winocour, Filmmaker
Candida Yates, Film Scholar 


Ian Christie on the Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting and other cine-secrets by Raoul Ruiz
John Rignell on:  The Secrets we keep in order to feel safe: loss, place and resolution in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum, 2008


Welcome by Nick Temple, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society and by Andrea Sabbadini, Director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival.  Followed by Colloque de Chiens (Conversation Among Dogs) (France 1977, 22 mins) introduced by Valeria Sarmiento.
Social Event at The Italian Cultural Institute
Presentation by Christel Airas about the Finnish Project Elokuva ja Psyyke (Film and Psyche)
Visit to the Freud Museum
Ian Christie and Andrea Sabbadini chairing the Final Plenary Discussion

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