Zulawski's psycho sexual break-up melt-down movie mingles horror, tragedy and humour in an unprecedented way.
As far as psycho-sexual break-up melt-down movies go, Possession makes Lars von Trier’s Antichrist look like a romantic romp. Famously pitched by Zulawski to Paramount as “a film about a woman who f***s an octopus”, it was strangely passed over by Hollywood and ended up being shot in early 80s Berlin: the perfect setting for this fractured tale, which mingles horror, tragedy and humour in an unprecedented way. Newly spruced up for a Blu Ray release and with Andrzej Korzynski’s haunting score now reissued on vinyl by Finders Keepers, this is a perfect opportunity to rediscover the relationship drama which somehow found itself labelled as a video nasty. The screening will be followed by Daniel Bird’s illuminating 50-minute documentary, The Other Side of the Wall
Dir: Andrzej Zulawski, France/West Germany 1981, 118 mins + 50 mins