Fifth European


Film Festival



29 October - 1 November 2009

BAFTA, London W1

Screen Memories from Eastern Europe



Now that epff5 is over, we hope that those who attended it found the festival interesting and memorable. This website will remain here for a while as a reminder of the event, alongside some information about the previous ones.

These events bring together international film-makers with psychoanalysts, academics, students, and film-lovers. We presented this year a packed programme which included eminent speakers such as Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire Simon Chinn and renowned Hungarian artist and film-maker Péter Forgács. 

Featured films included some of the best, and little-seen Eastern European features of the last few years, such as the tense, claustrophobic Elevator (George Dorobantu, 2008, Romania), with a discussion featuring screenwriter Gabriel Pintilei, the beautifully shot psychological drama Sommnambuul (Suley Keedus, 2003, Estonia) and the charming and quirky Jasminum, (Jan Jakub Kolski, Poland 2006). There also was an exploration of the work of Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov.

An exciting new addition to this year's programme was a series of workshops on practical aspects of filmmaking, with practitioners talking about their work with psychoanalysts. Covering the subjects of editing, censorship and film production, they offered a fascinating insight into the filmmakers craft. 

The programme also included discussions and presentations with writer and academic Laura Mulvey (UK), director Arsen Anton Ostojic (Croatia), academic and broadcaster Ian Christie (UK) and writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia).  










Velvet ®Evolution: The Best of Czech Cinema 1989 - 2009
7 - 15 November 2009
Prince Charles Cinema & Riverside Studios, London

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the 13th annual Czech film festival presents an overview of the last 20 years of Czech Cinema. The festival presents the best films from the ‘Velvet Generation’ of filmmakers such as Petr Zelenka, Sasa Gedeon, Jan Hrebejk and Bohdan Slama as well as the older generation of directors like Vladimir Moravek and Vladimir Michalek and grand masters of Czech cinema Jan Svankmajer and Karel Vachek.



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Honorary President

Bernardo Bertolucci


Andrea Sabbadini

Organised by

The Institute of






epff5 Organising Committee
Andrea Sabbadini (Chair)
Don Campbell
Sergei Grachev
Kannan Navaratnem
Ann Glynn (Administration)

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Supported by

Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute


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The Couch and
the Silver Screen

Psychoanalytic Reflections
on European Cinema

Edited by Andrea Sabbadini

Projected Shadows presents a new collection of essays exploring films from a psychoanalytic perspective, focusing specifically on the representation of loss in European cinema. This theme is discussed in its many aspects, including: loss of hope and innocence, of youth, of consciousness, of freedom and loss through death. Many other themes familiar to psychoanalytic discourse are explored in the process, such as: Establishment and resolution of Oedipal conflicts; Representation of pathological characters on the screen; Use of unconscious defence mechanisms; The interplay of dreams, reality and fantasy.
Projected Shadows
Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Representation of Loss in European Cinema
Edited by Andrea Sabbadini