FILM CITY BERLIN #7: Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession (1981) A Film Club Screening and Conversation on Fantasy, Separation and Urban Planning. Hosted by Florian Wüst. Special Guest: Anh-Linh Ngo / by Kunstsaele

Over the course of the previous Salon Populaire sessions, Florian Wüst presented a series of six mises-en-scenes showing films and film excerpts that reflected the past and present of West Berlin as a tribute to the Salon’s physical location in the city. Film City Berlin now continues in a film club setting, each time presenting a seminal feature length Berlin film followed by an open conversation after the screening.

Andrzej Zulawski’s cult classic “Possession”, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, is set against the background of the Berlin Wall as a symbol of a world in stagnation. The film combines family tragedy, thriller, and horror movie, and a cinematic tour-de-force through extreme emotional states of alienation. While Zulawski’s narrative successively slips from desire into obsession, from the real into the fantastic, his particular choice of locations represents tangible markers of Berlin’s urban history and various stages of city renewal. 

18.04.2012, 8 pm