Sat 20 Aug 2016
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski | France, West Germany | 1981 | 127 mins
Beyond the realm of human desire there is a darkness
A horror film like no other, Possession is an intense, shocking experience that was banned in the UK. With its dark subject matter and high gore quotient, it’s not for the faint hearted.
With their marriage in pieces Anna and Mark’s (Sam Neill) tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches, violence and self-mutilation. Believing his wife’s only lover is the sinister Heinrich, Mark is unaware of the demonic, tentacled creature that Anna has embarked on an affair with. The unhinged woman visits her monstrous lover in a deserted Berlin apartment and will stop at nothing to protect it.
Written and directed by Andrzej Zulawski, Possession is a deeply unsettling experience, aided by the horrific effects of the great Carlo Rambaldi (Deep Red, Close Encounters, Alien). The film, though banned on video, was nominated for a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or and Adgani’s astonishing performance earned her Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the French Cesars.