Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 6 – 15 April 2018
For seven years we have been pairing psychoanalysis and the cinema to sound out the emotions, beliefs and phobias that lie behind our actions and our feelings. We like to screen films that still work both as mirrors of the individual and as observatories of the community, working in conjunction with authoritative psychoanalysts and directors who debate issues of crucial importance in our chaotic daily lives. Encapsulating a feeling of fear and bewilderment, disturbing – i.e. feelings generated by experiences perceived as both familiar and extraneous at the same time – forms the ideal thread linking the films in this edition. A central concept in psychoanalysis, it marks a restlessness that rises to the surface from deep sensations and that perfectly describes this era teetering between opposites: fake truths, alternative realities, criminal love, the damage done by progress, artificial intelligence… without limits or certainties, the reassuring and the terrifying are threateningly confused, spawning an extraneousness that we need increasingly to exorcise.
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