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






Thursday, 2 November


18.30-20.00   Registration and hot buffet reception

20.00-20.30   Welcome by Cathy Bronstein, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society

Introduction by Andrea Sabbadini, Director of epff9

20.30-22.00   SHORT FILMS

- Lifeline (Victor Erice 2002, 11 min, Spain).

- Benigni (2009, Elli Vuorinen, Jasmiini Ottelin, Pinja Partanen, 7 min, Finland)

- The Winner of the Students’ Competition, introduced by Laura Mulvey



Friday, 3 November

PRINCESS ANNE THEATRE                                                   DAVID LEAN ROOM


9.00-10.30       PANEL Interiors / Exteriors: Psychoanalytic, cinematic, and architectural perspectives.

Michael Brearley, Peter Evans, Jane Rendell  Chair: Andrea Sabbadini


Coffee and tea break


10.50-12.20     PANEL Landscapes. Lesley Caldwell, Erica Carter and Caroline Bainbridge. Chair:     Kannan Navaratnem


10.50-12.30     FILM Flickan, mamman och demonerna [The Girl, the Mother and the Demons]

(Suzanne Osten 2015, 92 min, Sweden)




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




14.00-15.50     FILM Fritz Lang (Gordian Maugg 2016, 104 min, Germany)




Fritz Lang (Gordian Maugg 2016, Germany)


14.00-15.00     PANEL Flickan, mamman och demonerna [The Girl, the Mother and the Demons]

Suzanne Osten and Anders Berge. Chair: Laura Forti


15.10-16.10     DIALOGUE  Screen as skin and landscape Cheryl Moskowitz and Claudia Fuortes


Coffee and tea break


16.30-19.00     FILM & PANEL La puerta abierta [The Open Door] (Marina Sereseski 2016, 82 mins, Spain) Carol Topolski and tbc. Chair: Peter Evans




The Open Door (Marina Sereseski 2016, Spain)


16.30-17.30     PANEL Fritz Lang

Gordian Maugg and Sabine Wollnik-Krusche. Chair: Gerhard Schneider


17.40-19.10     LECTURE From Shoah to Son of Saul: an Intergenerational Dialogue.

Catherine Portuges. Chair: David Bell




21.00-22.30     FILM Room at the Top (Jack Clayton 1959, Great Britain 115 min)




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


Saturday, 4 November


9.00-10.00       PANEL Room at the Top

Charles Drazin, Michael Halton. Chair: Peter Evans


9.00-10.40       FILM A Week and a Day (Asaph Polonsky 2016, 97 min, Israel)




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


Coffee and tea break


10.20-11.50     FILM Dokumentalists [Documentarian] (Ivares Zviedris and Inese Klava 2012, 82 mins. Latvia)




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


11.00-13.00     FILM Fuocoammare [Fire at Sea] (Gianfranco Rosi 2016, 114 min, Italy)




Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi 2016, Italy)


12.00-13.00     PANEL A Week and a Day

Yevgenia Dodina, Noa Ben-Nun Melamed and Shimshon Wigoder.

Chair: Emanuel Berman




14.00-15.00     PANEL Dokumentalists [Documentarian]

Ivars Zviedris and Don Campbell. Chair: Silvija Lejniece


14.00-15.50     FILM Perfetti sconosciuti [Perfect Strangers] (Paolo Genovese 2016, 97 min, Italy)




Perfect Strangers (Paolo Genovese 2016, Italy)


15.10-16.10     PANEL Fuocoammare [Fire at Sea]

Dario Zonta and Roberto Goisis. Chair: Elisabetta Marchiori


Coffee and tea break


16.20-18.40     FILM & PANEL Chuck Norris vs Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu 2015, 78 min, Romania)

Ilinca Calugareanu, Irina Nistor and Ana Maria Moldovan. Chair: Laura Manu




Chuck Norris vs Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu 2015, Romania)


16:20-17.20     PANEL Perfetti sconosciuti [Perfect Strangers]

Paolo Genovese and Kannan Navaratnem. Chair: Rossella Valdré


17.30-19.30     FILM & PANEL Sigmund Freud. Origini e Attualità della Psicoanalisi [Sigmund Freud. The origins of psychoanalysis and its relevance to modern times]   (Alessandra Balloni 2015, 56 min, Italy)                

 Alessandra Balloni and Romolo Petrini. Chair: Andrea Sabbadini




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




20.30-23.00     PARTY at the BFI (British Film Institute) 21 Stephen St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1LN


Sunday, 5 November


Coffee and tea

9.30- 9.45      PRESENTATION The Russian Psychoanalytic Film Festival

Igor Kadyrov


9.50-10.50     SHORT FILMS

- Now, Listen (Clifford Yorke 1986, 5 min, UK).

- Procter (Joachim Trier 2002, 18 min, Norway

- I Think This Is The Closest To How The Footage Looked (Yuval Hameiri 2012, 9 min, Israel).        


10.50-13.00    PLENARY SESSION Chairs: Ian Christie and Andrea Sabbadini


13.00-14.00    Farewell drinks and close of epff9


All film screenings are followed by a panel discussion with the film director and a psychoanalyst. Please click on the image or film titles to view trailers.


Information about epff events:



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
Full festival fee £ 385.00
Student full festival ticket £ 170.00
One day ticket - Friday 3rd Nov £ 200.00
Student one day ticket - Friday 3rd Nov £ 110.00
One day ticket - Saturday 4th Nov £ 200.00
Student one day ticket - Saturday 4th Nov £ 110.00
Festival Party Ticket £ 60.00

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