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POSSESSION (1981) - Opening Night of Andrzej Zulawski retrospective

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  • dir. Andrzej Zulawski
  • year. 1981
  • country. France l West Germany
  • run-time. 118min
  • rating. 18

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 7:00PM - Film 8:00PM

We are very proud to present: Andrzej Zulawski retrospective.

Divisiveness and duplicity are at the heart of Żuławski's notorious cult film, and Possession's dramatic structure is almost as schizoid as its protagonists, married couple Mark (Sam Neill) and Anna (Isabelle Adjani), whose relationship inexplicably comes apart: The film's first half comes on like Scenes from a Marriage as directed by Lars von Trier and played at double speed, a lacerating depiction of disintegration both marital and psychological, while the latter half steadily morphs into Repulsion by way of Cronenberg's The Brood when Anna holes up in a rundown flat and proceeds to dispatch any man brazen enough to disturb her love-in with a tentacular monstrosity she most likely miscarried months earlier. Confused? Terrified? Come see for your yourself.

a strong contender for the most distressing, astonishing, heart-stopping scene in the history of horror cinema...
— Time Out
Many directors have taken full advantage of Adjani’s exotic, ethereal French beauty; only Zulawski saw beyond the exquisite surface to something unsettling.
— Slant Magazine