Ninth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival - epff9

Biennial film festival featuring screenings of European films on the theme of Interiors/Exteriors, followed by discussions with filmmakers, critics and psychoanalysts.



The Ninth European Psychoanalytic Film Festiva(epff9) will take place from 2 - 5th November 2017

at The Royal Society of Medicine and BAFTA, London

Director: Andrea Sabbadini

The theme of this year’s festival – epff9 – is Interiors/Exteriors. These apparently opposed territories can at times harmoniously coexist, while at others they clash with each other in painful, disturbing or, possibly, transformative ways.

This idea is highly pertinent to both cinema and psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is at its very core about how we experience within us what is happening in the world outside. Conversely, it also investigates how the roles we assume in external reality – particularly in relationships – are shaped and affected by our inner worlds.

Cinema, too, has always explored ideas around relatedness and disconnection; surfaces and depths; visible images and what lies behind them; our deep inner worlds and the vast, sometimes unfathomable world beyond us. 


The Festival will include screenings of European films and discussions on the theme of Interiors/Exteriors

A festival party will take place on 4th November at the British Film Institute (BFI) in Soho


Provisional Programme:

Thursday, 2th November at the Royal Society of Medicine

Registration and reception, followed by a welcome address by Cathy Bronstein, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society; an introduction to the Festival by its Director, Andrea Sabbadini; and a programme of short films.
Friday 3th - Sunday 5th November at BAFTA

Two Panels: Interior/Exterior: Psychoanalytic, cinematic, and architectural perspectives with Michael Brearley, Peter Evans and Jane Rendell; and Landscapes with Lesley Caldwell and Erica Carter.

A dialogue on Architecture and Film between Cheryl Moskowitz and Claudia Fuortes

Ten feature films, each followed by a panel discussion with the film director and a psychoanalyst. Please click on the image or film titles below to view trailers.




The Girl, the Mother and the Demons (Suzanne Osten 2015, Sweden)




Fritz Lang (Gordian Maugg 2016, Germany)




Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi 2016, Italy)




The Open Door (Marina Sereseski 2016, Spain)




Room at the Top (Jack Clayton 1959, Great Britain)




A Week and a Day (Asaph Polansky 2016, Israel)




The Documentarian (Ivars Zviedris and Inese Klava 2012, Latvia)




Perfect Strangers (Paolo Genovese 2016, Italy)




Chuck Norris vs Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu 2015, Romania)




Sigmund Freud. The origins of psychoanalysis and its relevance to modern times (Alessandra Balloni 2016, Italy)

Film festival official party at the British Film Institute (BFI), Stephen St.                              

A programme of ‘short’ films

A presentation on The Russian Psychoanalytic Film Festival by Igor Kadyrov 

Lecture by Prof. Catherine Portuges on From Shoah to Son of Saul: an Intergenerational Dialogue.

A final Plenary Session with Ian Christie and Andrea Sabbadini


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

BFI21 Stephen St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1LN

November 2nd, 2017 6:00 PM   through   November 5th, 2017 3:00 PM
: 020 7563 5017
Early Bird Tickets (Before 10th Sept)
Full festival fee £ 295.00
Student full festival ticket £ 150.00
One day ticket - Friday 3rd Nov £ 170.00
Student one day ticket - Friday 3rd Nov £ 90.00
One day ticket - Saturday 4th Nov £ 170.00
Student one day ticket - Saturday 4th Nov £ 90.00
Festival Party Ticket £ 60.00

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