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Surviving Life: Film and Discussion

15 JUNE 2013, LONDON. The Institute of Psychoanalysis will be screening Jan Švankmajer's film Surviving Life, a surrealistic fantasy on dreams and psychoanalysis. The screening will be followed by a discussion with psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and film critic Ian Christie.


About the film:
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.

Ian Christie is a film critic, broadcaster and historian, with special interests in British and European cinema, in the impact of new technologies on audio visual spectacle, and in the relationship between film, psychoanalysis and cognitive psychology. His main publications deal with Russian cinema, Powell and Pressburger, Scorsese and early film. He is Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy and vice-president of Europa Cinemas.

Andrea Sabbadini is chairman of the Screening Conditions series of films and discussions at the ICA and Director of The European Psychoanalytic Film Festival. He is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, where he is also Director of Publications. He is honorary senior lecturer at University College London, a trustee of the Freud Museum, and the Film Section editor of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has published extensively in psychoanalytic journals and has edited Time in psychoanalysis (1979), The couch and the silver screen (2003) and Projected shadows (2007), and co-edited Even paranoids have enemies (1998) and Psychoanalytic visions of cinema/ Cinematic visions of psychoanalysis (2007).

Tickets £19.95 (£9.95 for full time students, unwaged and members of the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

Includes refreshments.

VENUE: The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112a Shirland Road, London

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