21.02.24, 20:30, Possession (1981)

The marriage of Anna (Isabelle Adjani) and Mark (Sam Neill) is dying. They communicate only with accusations and episodes of self-mutilation. Mark tries in vain to get Anna back to normal. She neglects her infant son and maintains an extramarital relationship with not one but two lovers, one of whom is downright monstrous. Although this polyamorous paranormality breaks with the boundaries of the permissible, for Anna it reveals new sensations that pave the way to liberation.

Polish cinematographer Andrzej Zulawski directs at the height of his powers here. Adjani delivers a frenzied and appalling performance that was immediately awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Adjani embodies the many-headed paradoxes imposed on women: mother, wife, love goddess and demon. Psychoanalytic company FilmAtelier uses the film as a starting point to talk about "woman as symptom of man, man as ravage of woman".

This film will be introduced by psychologist David Schrans.

Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, France & West Germany, 124', English spoken, no subtitles

i.c.w. Film-Atelier
Campus Bijloke
Godshuizenlaan 4
9000 Gent