Couch and Screen

Join us for a programme of film screenings and discussions directed by Andrea Sabbadini; a psychoanalyst widely published 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, there's plenty for you on our programme.




Framed Lives is a long-term programme of film screenings and discussions. Each series features four biographical films/documentaries about famous individuals within a specific field. Screenings are followed by brief presentations by psychoanalysts, film scholars and other experts, leaving plenty of time for discussion from the floor.

The current Framed Lives series is on the theme of Writers and runs until 16th July 2017

Location: The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

To view the programme for our Framed Lives events and book tickets, click here.



Our Ninth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival will take place at BAFTA in London, from 2 - 5 November 2017 . The event will showcase the best in contemporary European cinema on this year's theme of Interiors/Exteriors.

Since launching in 2001, the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff) has grown into a varied, lively and very popular event, attracting hundreds of people interested in film and psychoanalysis from all over the world. Directed by BPAS psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini, the epff gathers together lovers of film, psychoanalysts, filmmakers, scholars and critics, to watch, discuss and reflect upon a selection of excellent films over the course of a weekend.

Past festivals have welcomed world-renowned directors, such as Mike Leigh and Bernardo Bertolucci, alongside emerging filmmakers from across Europe. Many of these are now well-known and celebrated auteurs, including Michael Apted, Tom Tykwer, Nanni Moretti, Andrea Arnold, Matteo Garrone, Alexandr Petrov, Arsen Ostojić and Andrey Zvyagintsev. Bringing a great depth of specialist knowledge to the festival, eminent theorists and historians of cinema, including Professors Ian Christie, Laura Mulvey and Peter Evans, have joined vibrant discussions with psychoanalysts, filmmakers and audiences.

The epff is a unique opportunity to watch films otherwise not screened in the UK, while considering them from new and illuminating points of view. The biennial festival plays an important role in offering audiences a glimpse of the diverse and exciting world of European independent filmmaking, in addition to being an enriching exchange of ideas between psychoanalysis and cinema. 

To view the programme and book tickets for epff9, please click here.

To learn more about epff events, click here.