Screening on Film
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski.
With Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Heinz Bennent.
France/West Germany, 1981, 35mm, color, 127 min.
Print source: HFA

E is for Exploitation!

After an extended business trip behind the Iron Curtain, a man returns home to suspect his wife of having an affair and soon realizes he has created a monster. From the first frame, Polish director Zulawski transmogrifies this domestic crisis into an unrelenting, over-the-top cinematic spectacle. A deeply unnerving tour-de-force, Possession benefits from an awe-inspiring performance by Isabelle Adjani that garnered the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a French César Award. Reduced to 82 minutes against the director’s wishes upon its American release, we are pleased to present the original 127-minute version in all its tumultuous glory.

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