Screen Memories from Eastern Europe
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ACCLAIMED FILM-MAKERS, SCREENWRITERS AND PRODUCERS AMONG SPEAKERS AT EUROPEAN PSYCHOANALYTIC FILM FESTIVAL
Screen Memories of Eastern Europe: The Fifth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff5) 29 October - 1 November 2009 www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5
Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire Simon Chinn and eminent Hungarian artist and film-maker Péter Forgács are just some of the eminent speakers at the Fifth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff5) which takes place at BAFTA from 29 October to 1 November 2009.
epff5 will bring together over 300 people including filmmakers, psychoanalysts, critics, academics and film-lovers for an in-depth look at cinema from a psychoanalytic perspective. This year Eastern Europe is the focus of a fascinating programme of screenings, panel discussions and workshops.
Featured films include 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 will also be an exploration of the work of Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov.
An exciting new addition to this year's programme is a series of workshops on practical aspects of filmmaking, with practitioners talking about their work with psychoanalysts. In 'To Cut or Not to Cut', Maggie Mills, who worked for the British Board of Film and Video Classification for 18 years, will explore with psychotherapist and novelist Carol Topolski the issue of censorship, drawing parallels between the limits and freedoms of the mind and in society. Film editor Asher Tlalim will co-present a workshop, 'Film Editing and Working Through', looking at the editing process with psychoanalyst Jonathan Sklar, and Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire Simon Chinn will talk about what producing a film really means.
The programme also includes discussions and presentations with writer and academic Laura Mulvey (UK), director Peter Forgacs (Hungary), director Arsen Anton Ostojic (Croatia, academic and broadcaster Ian Christie (UK) and writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia).
epff5 is organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the UK's main UK professional organisation for psychoanalysts in the UK. Its honorary president is Bernardo Bertolucci. the festival welcomes anyone with an interest in film and contemporary culture and there will be the opportunity for the audience to participate at open panel discussions. Tickets are available for the full programme, one day or half day.
The full programme, including further information about the featured films and speakers, can be found at www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5/programme.htm
Speakers are available for interview. For all press queries/press tickets/to arrange interviews contact Ginette Goulston-Lincoln, 07958 448 002 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Caroline Graty, 07984 911913 or email@example.com
INFORMATION FOR EDITORS
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Established in 2001 and held every two years, the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival is a unique forum for creative dialogue between psychoanalysts, film makers, academics, critics and the public. The 2007 festival was attended by over 300 people from 20 different countries and with a range of backgrounds and interests. The festival is organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
FEATURED FILMS, SHORTS AND ANIMATIONS (Further titles tbc)
Elevator: Dir George Dorobantu, Romania, 2008
Own Death: Dir Peter Forgács, Hungary, 2008
Simple Things: Aleksei Popogrebsky, Russia, 2007
Somnambuul: Dir Suley Keedus, Estonia, 2003
Jasminum: Dir Jan Jakub Kolski, Poland, 2006
A Wonderful Night in Split: Dir Arsen Ostoijc, Croatia, 2004
Brief Encounter: Dir David Lean, UK, 1945
The Old Man and the Sea: Aleksandr Petrov, Russia,1999
The Cow: Aleksandr Petrov, Russia, 1990
The Dress: Dir Girlin Bassovskaja, Estonia, 2007
Institute of the Dream: Dir Mati Kűtt, Estona, 2006
Les Carnival des Animaux, Dir Michaela Pavlátová, Czech Republic, 2005
FESTIVAL WEBSITE: www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5
PROGRAMME INFORMATION: http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5/programme.htm
ABSTRACTS OF PANELS AND WORKSHOPS: http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5/abstracts.htm
BOOKING DETAILS: http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff5/register.htm
REGISTRATION: contact Ann Glynn, firstname.lastname@example.org
BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI, the leading Italian film director, is Honorary President of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival. He is also Honorary Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Born in Parma in 1941, his films include: Before the Revolution, The Spider's Strategem, The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, La Luna, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, Stealing Beauty, Besieged and The Dreamers.
ANDREA SABBADINI is Chairman of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival and of the Screening Conditions series of films at the ICA. He is a fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, current director of publications of the British Psychoanalytical Society, honorary senior lecturer at University College London and the Film Section editor of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has published extensively in psychoanalytic journals and edited Time in psychoanalysis (Feltrinelli, 1979), The couch and the silver screen (Brunner-Routledge, 2003) and Projected shadows (Routledge, 2007), and co-edited Even paranoids have enemies (Routledge, 1998) and Psychoanalytic visions of cinema/ Cinematic visions of psychoanalysis (in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 2007).
THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER, Royal College of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
19:00-20:30 Registration and welcome reception
20:30-21:00 Welcome by Michael Brearley (President, Institute of Psychoanalysis) and introduction by Andrea Sabbadini (Chairman, epff5)
21:00-22:00 Screening of animation shorts
FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN
09:00-19:00 Film screenings, discussions, workshops and panels
21:00-22:30 Screening: British Classics - Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN
09:00-18:00 Film screenings, discussions, workshops and panels
SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER, Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, 35 Eaton Place, SW1X 8BY
19:30-21:00 epff5 reception
SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN
09:45- 13:00 Short film screening followed by plenary discussion chaired by Laura Mulvey and Andrea Sabbadini
13:00-14:00 Farewell refreshments and close
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN
Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, 35 Eaton Place, SW1X 8BY
The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
One day £180
Half day £90
Group discount for a minimum of 4 film students from the same college: £125
No tickets available for single events.
Thursday Reception: Included (except for half day ticket holders); Extra tickets: £50
Saturday Reception: Included but tickets are limited. Extra tickets £25
To book contact Ann Glynn, email@example.com, +44 (0)20 7563 5017
A limited number of bursaries are available to delegates from Eastern Europe
HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION Contact Tailor Made Tours, firstname.lastname@example.org
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