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Seventh European Psychoanalytic Film Festival @ Institute of Psychoanalysis (London)

This October 31, the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival returns with some of the boldest, most thought provoking voices from European cinema in recent years.

‘Secrets’ is the theme that unites our films this year – and one that guarantees a series of lively discussions as screenings bring you face to face with both directors and prominent psychoanalysts.

Since its inaugural year in 2001, epff has been bringing together psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, filmmakers, academics, critics, students and film enthusiasts under one roof.

And once again, over four days of films, lectures, round-table discussions and a packed social schedule, we aim to foster creative dialogue and illuminate new pathways between the arts and theories of the mind.

If you have an interest in cinema and the many ways it can be enriched through psychoanalytical perspectives, this is an event not to be missed.

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Summer events – The Institute of Psychoanalysis (London)

Summer events from The Institute of Psychoanalysis

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Wednesday 8 May 2013
Open Evening

If you have ever thought about becoming a psychoanalyst, this evening offers you the chance to hear senior analysts speak about the profession and training process, hear perspectives from current students, join small group discussions and tour the Institute.

The evening is open to anyone interested in the possibility of training as a psychoanalyst or learning about other events including the Foundation Course.

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Friday 17 – Saturday 18 May 2013
Psychoanalysis, Literature and Politics: Celebrating Hanna Segal’s Contributions

A memorial conference celebrating the career of Hanna Segal, one of the most eminent psychoanalysts of her generation. She made fundamental contributions to psychoanalytic theory and practice, including work on symbolic function, creativity and aesthetics. She also maintained a deep political engagement throughout her life, uniquely combining her understanding of very primitive layers of the mind with an acute political sensitivity. Her contribution has been recognised all over the world and her works translated into numerous langauges.

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Friday 7 June 2013
Transference and Countertransference with Somatic Patients

A lecture presented by psychoanalyst Marilia Aisenstein, in which she will examine Freud’s work to try to understand why his interest in countertransference seemed to have disappeared and propose that his papers on thought, transference and telepathy could be the basis for a modern view on countertransference. Marilia will also develop her own views on transference with somatic patients and neurotic patients in general.

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Saturday 15 June 2013
Screening Conditions: Surviving Life
Directed by Jan Svankmajer, 2010

A screening of this brilliant surrealistic fantasy about dreams and psychoanalysis. Eugene leads a double life – one real, the other in his dreams. In real life he has a wife called Milada. In his dreams he has a young girlfriend called Eugenia. Sensing that these dreams have some deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, Dr Holubova, who interprets them for him. The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion  with film critic, broadcaster and historian Ian Christie.

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Saturday 29 June 2013
Oedipus Through the Life Cycle: Adulthood

Psychoanalyst Isabel Hernandez Halton examines the developments in theories about women’s sexuality since Freud’s postulation that ‘the sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology’. Michael Halton, psychoanalyst and psychologist, explores what may be distinctive in male sexuality and how Freud’s  ideas might be reviewed in the light of Klein’s emphasis on the Primal Scene in both its sexual and non sexual dynamics. Chaired by Leon Kleimberg.

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The Institute of Psychoanalysis (London) – Spring 2012 events

21 January –  Oedipus through the Life Cycle: Infancy

The story of Oedipus can be used to explore significant aspects of emotional development from many perspectives. The myth was the foundation for Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex, mainly unconscious feelings of wanting to posses the parent of the opposite sex. Melanie Klein through her understanding of object relations opened the door to the exploration of the oscillations of positive and negative unconscious fantasies. Further theoretical contributions, in spite of their differences, acknowledge its importance

This fundamental stage in a child’s development will be discussed by speakers from different theoretical perspectives. Valli Kohon and Nora Markman present papers on ‘Little Hans and Maternal Seduction’ and ‘Subjective Construction on Standby’, and the event will be chaired by Robin Anderson.

29 January – Screening Conditions: Ossessione

A screening and discussion of Luchino Visconti’s provocative dama, adapted from James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1943. A young drifter falls for a married woman and they plot to murder her husband.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

25 February – Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Obesity

Obesity is a multi-faceted issue. It has social, governmental, physiological and psychological links, causes and consequences. Psychoanalyst Marilyn Lawrence will attempt to make links between the personal and political, the social and psychological.

Following this, Bryan Lask will present a fully comprehensive and integrative model to explain the pathogenesis and maintenance of anorexia nervosa.


Marilyn Lawrence – The Obesity Epidemic

Bryan Lask – Anorexia Nervosa: How can we explain it and how should we treat it?

The event is chaired by psychoanalyst Gianna Williams.

26 February – Screening Conditions: The Criminal Life of Archibald de la Cruz

Directed by Luis Bunuel, this 1955 film tells the darkly comic story of a would-be serial killer with a sexual obsession with murder.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

Part of the Screening Conditions ‘Eros and Thanatos’ series, which examines the cinematic portrayal of love and death from a psychoanalytic perspective.

9 March – Temporality in the Unconscious. A Matter of Time: From Churches to Sculpture

The collection included in The Matter of Time, the metal pieces Richard Serra created for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, is one of the most impressive contemporary artistic creations.

The concept of their creation was partly inspired by the church of San Carlo allo Quartro Fontane, designed by Francesco Borromini in the 17th century. The aesthetic emotions we experience in response to Serra’s sculpture are closely related to the descriptions offered by psychoanalysis in its understanding of time and space in the unconscious.

In psychoanalysis, as in philosophy, the notions of time and space are interlinked. We cannot understand one without reference to the other. Reference will be made to the concept of Nachträglichkeit.

18 March – Screening Conditions: Le Boucher

An unlikely relationship forms between a schoolmistress and a butcher – but how will she handle her suspicions when a series of murders takes place in their provincial town? Directed by Claud Chabrol, 1970.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

25 March – Screening Conditions: Matador

A mix of black humour, melodrama, fantasy and violence in Pedro Almodovar’s stylish 1986 drama, in which an ex-bullfighter and a female lawyer, both turned on by killing, and a young man who confesses to murders he didn’t commit are drawn together.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

29 April – Screening Conditions: Frankenstein

‘Stark, solid and impressively stylish’ (Time Out), James Whale’s 1930s adaptation of Shelley’s novel intelligently explores the world of the obsessive scientist and his monster alter-ego. The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

This event is part of the Screening Conditions series ‘Horror: The Dark Side of the Unconscious’, a selection of chilling but intelligent films raising fascinationg questions about the appeal of horror movies and concepts of spectatorship and transformation.

4 May – Solitude and Separation Anxiety in Psychoanalysis

Many patients nowadays come to analysis because of a sense of solitude that is being experienced painfully. Some patients are able to express their anxiety in words; others have no words to convey what is sometimes an intolerable sense of loneliness. They express their psychic suffering in a wide variety of ways, such as separation anxiety, disturbances in their sense of identity or somatic symptoms. What solutions can a psychoanalyst offer to such patients?

With the help of clinical examples, Jean-Michel Quinodoz will illustrate how a sense of solitude, which is a nightmare, can change in psychic quality and become a source of personal creativity and a stimulus to affective  relations.

20 May – Screening Conditions: Little Otik

A childless couple take a tree stump for a baby, but it comes to life and develops an insatiable and cannibalistic appetite. Jan Svankmajer’s surrealist retelling of a folk story, released in 2000, uses a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

17 June – Screening Conditions: Pan’s Labyrinth

Set against a backdrop of fascist Spain, a young girl escapes into her own fantasy world which is both captivating and nightmarish. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, 2001.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

1 July – Screening Conditions: Let The Right One In

An isolated and bullied boy forms a friendship with a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town coincides with a horrifying series of murders. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, 2008.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

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Autumn events – Institute of Psychoanalysis (London)

inst psychoanalysisThe Institute of Psychoanalysis in London has just released this year’s Autumn schedule:

21 September 2011
Comparing the Incomparable and Formalising the Unformulated: the Problem of Clinical Research in Psychoanalysis

Science tries to build consensus about truth by making formal statements about “reality”. These claims are shared by supporting them with the most transparent possible foundations. Defined in that way and following Bion, we can say scientific knowledge is the product of “work group” rather than “basic assumption” group functioning. By extension, insofar as we aim to function as a “work group” and base our ideas on reality, then knowledge about psychoanalysis needs to be developed as a scientific undertaking and to be very firmly geared to the task of relating what we do to what we can sense about it and share with each other.

Making consensually agreed statements about the inner and outer realities that psychoanalysts study is frustratingly difficult. But difficulty is not a reason to abandon the exercise and so, inevitably, resort to truth claims based on omnipotent thinking and basic assumption group functioning.

In this lecture David Tuckett will ask how we can know and share what we as psychoanalysts do when we do psychoanalysis and how we define and communicate our differences to each other in a rigorous way – so that we can understand what they “really” are and reflect on them respectfully.

He will set out a number of brief clinical examples of what appear to be both different and similar styles of work and then consider what are the problems we encounter – if we try to be rigorous in our comparisons as well as about how they might be overcome.

24 September 2011
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: Thinking about Projective Identification

Psychoanalyst Priscilla Roth and former psychiatrist, author and philosophy lecturer Louise Braddock will talk about the concept of projective identification, a concept of great interest to psychoanalysts and philosophers which raises questions about, among other things, identity and boundaries.

Psychoanalyst Priscilla Roth will refer to the kinds of complex mental mechanisms often used by people to manage extremely difficult emotional experiences, and to the ways in which psychoanalysts have been able to observe and understand these mental mechanisms. Using clinical material she will show how and why projective identifications emerge within an analysis and that they often need not be static, but may be ready to respond to developments in within the analytic relationship.

Former psychiatrist, author and philosophy teacher Louise Braddock will go on to explore projective identification in relation to imagination. She says: “Projective identification presents a conceptual challenge to philosophy. The psychoanalytic language used to describe its operation does not readily ‘translate’ into the terms or the ideas used by philosophers to theorise the mind. However, the exceptional clarity of the clinical description in Priscilla Roth’s paper provides a basis for attempting a philosophical account that will make this key psychoanalytic concept clear to lay persons, those not trained in what Michael Rustin has called the ‘craft skill of psychoanalytic observation of subtle mental processes.

From 5 October 2011
Introductory Lectures

This two-part series of lectures on psychoanalysis, each followed by a discussion in small seminar groups, provides an overall view of the core concepts in psychoanalysis and their main applications. Participants are provided with basic texts for each lecture. Further reading is suggested and is available in the Institute’s library. The course is suitable for people new in the field, as well as those with experience.

The meetings are held weekly during the autumn and spring terms at The Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

The Introductory Lectures and seminars are also given in Belfast, Colchester and Leeds.

To ensure continuity of discussion, participants are encouraged to attend the entire series of lectures and their accompanying seminars. (See for a complete list)

15 October 2011
Music and Psychoanalysis

This event will investigate the themes of external and internal migration in dramatic masterpieces of Shakepeare and Verdi: Otello, Othello and La Traviata. Chaired by David Black.

After discussing some of the characteristics of the leading characters in La Traviata, Francis Grier will set out the principal events and preoccupations in Verdi’s personal life at the time of writing and staging the opera, and the possible unconscious significance of the opera to the composer.

Richard Rusbridger will identify some themes of psychoanalytic interest in Shakespeare’s Othello, and see to what extent, and in what way, Verdi’s music in Otello reflects these.

27 October 2011
James MacKeith Memorial Lecture: What Price Imprisonment?

Lord Ramsbotham will draw from his experience as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons (1995-2001) and from his book Prisongate – the shocking state of Britain’s Prisons and the need for visionary change (2003) to address the question of why the prison system was neither structured nor organised to achieve its central aim: that of protecting the public by preventing re-offending. The very high reconviction rate demonstrates this failure.

He will analyse the prison management emphasis on process rather than outcomes and the inadequate provision of programmes designed to help prisoners to live law-abiding lives. He will also look at the apparent fixation on the ‘bad’ element of the prison population and the insufficient attention paid to the much larger ‘sad’ and ‘mad’ element, virtually all of whom return to society. He will suggest proposals for how change might be brought about stimulated by today’s economic situation.

28 October 2011
About Memory, Interpretation and Object Relation in Today’s Psychoanalysis

The guiding principle of this lecture will be the work of figurability. Cesar Botella will present some clinical sessions which will show the limitations of the notions of memory, interpretation and object relation, and the necessity, especialy for borderline patients, to open up new ways of viewing psychoanalytic practice.

3-6 November 2011
Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival

Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States

The Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff6) will include screenings of some remarkable European films under the theme Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States. Join us for:

– Discussions of the films with their directors, psychoanalysts and the audience
– Lectures and round-tables with analysts and film scholars
– A social programme to accompany the festival

The festival is aimed at anyone with a passion for cinema who would like the opportunity to see and explore excellent European films, providing a forum for creative dialogue between psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, film makers, academics, critics, students and film enthusiasts. It is organised by The Institute of Psychoanalysis under the Honorary Presidency of Bernardo Bertolucci.

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