An affair escalates to apocalyptic levels when Anna (Isabelle Adjani) confesses her infidelity to her husband Mark (Sam Neil), and leaves him and their son. When Mark seeks out Heinrich (Heinz Bennent), the man who seduced his wife, he realises it’s much more devastating than your average dalliance and that Anna’s descent into madness belies something inexplicable and otherworldly.
Polish director Andrzej Zulawski certainly puts his stars through a range of jaw dropping emotional states as the conflicted couple. The film’s infamous subway scene has to be seen to be believed and Adjani’s distressing performance won her the Best Actress award at Cannes.
Not since David Cronenberg’s divorce horror THE BROOD (1979) has a marriage breakdown been portrayed with such unnerving dread.
Mexican auteur Amat Escalante would return to the provocative premise of POSSESSION in THE UNTAMED (2016), which rather than focusing on the personal, the tentacles of his creature ensnare the wider ills and fears that envelop Mexican culture.
In its initial release the film was severely butchered for American audiences, losing roughly 30 minutes of its runtime. We’re excited to present here the restored version of Andrzej Zulawski’s singular vision.
POSSESSION plays ACMI on Saturday November 4th 8:30pm & Tuesday November 7th 4:00pm.
Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8:30 PM
Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000