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Due to the pandemic, with its risks and the restrictions to large gatherings, the 2020-2021 season of the Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society Film and Psychoanalysis Program has been cancelled. We look forward to presenting our 20th season once it is safe to meet in person again.

In the interim, we are hoping to host a few virtual discussions around films and psychoanalysis which will be announced through our mailing list. If you are not already on our email list and you wish to be, please notify us and provide your name and email address.

Please stay safe everyone, and all the best during these challenging times.

See our Film Program archive below.

Film Program 2019 / 2020

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Film Title: Moonrise Kingdom
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Film Origin: USA
Film Release Year: 2012
On the verge of adolescence, two children run away seeking to explore their feelings of love. Search parties are mobilized, and the New England town in 1965 is turned upside down
Screening Time: Fri, 2019-10-04 19:00
Discussant: Robert Northey

Film Title: The Spirit of the Beehive
Director(s): Victor Erice
Film Origin: Spain
Film Release Year: 1973
In a rural village in Franco’s Spain during the war, the cinema comes to town. Amidst the heavy silence of family life under fascism, this strange arrival sets six-year old Ana on a path of discovery, testing the limits of her small world, and opening onto the threshold of another.
Screening Time: Fri, 2019-11-01 19:00
Discussant: Cristian Melchiorre

Film Title: Eighth Grade
Director(s): Bo Burnham
Film Origin: USA
Film Release Year: 2018
Kayla, is a thirteen-year old lonely prepubescent girl in struggle between infatuations and rejections in the last week of her eighth grade year, on the cusp of leaving for high school.
Screening Time: Fri, 2019-12-06 19:00
Discussant: Diamond Allidina

Film Title: Cria Cuervos
Director(s): Carlos Suara
Film Origin: Spain
Film Release Year: 1976
Ana discovers her father in bed with his lover, and subsequently fnds him dead in the same bed. With the added untimely death of her mother, orphaned Ana and her sisters end up at their stern aunt’s home. Ana, as witness to the tragedies and traumas of the household, begins to fantasize that she poisoned her father.
Screening Time: Fri, 2020-01-10 19:00
Discussant: Philip Cheifetz

Film Title: Character
Director(s): Mike van Diem
Film Origin: Netherlands/Belgium
Film Release Year: 1998
Character, which won best foreign flm award at the Oscars, oozes with feelings of spite and revenge that grow between father and the son he had out of wedlock. This flm sheds light on the impact of tough love on the formation of a young man’s personality and motives.
Screening Time: Fri, 2020-02-07 19:00
Discussant: Mary Eleanor Yack

Film Title: Central Station
Director(s): Walter Salles
Film Origin: Brazil/France
Film Release Year: 1998
Central Station takes us into the relationship that develops between a cynical spinster and an orphaned nine-year old boy. Told without sentimentality, it displays an unpatronizing feel for the poetry of broken lives.
Screening Time: Fri, 2020-03-06 19:00
Discussant: Sue Baxt

Film Title: CANCELLED – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Director(s): CANCELLED – Steven Spielberg
Film Origin: USA
Film Release Year: 1982
CANCELLED – This is the most personal movie from Director Steven Spielberg, inspired by his youth. It is a sci-f movie about psychic connection happening between children, a successful portrayal of childhood distinct of grown-ups. A poetic comedy with insight, a thriller, E.T. inspired generations of flm-lovers, and became a classic for critics
Screening Time: Fri, 2020-04-03 19:00
Discussant: Andre Gagnon

Film Program Archives

Film Program 2019 / 2020

Film Program 2018 / 2019

Film Program 2017 / 2018

Film Program 2016 / 2017

Film Program 2015 / 2016

Film Program 2014 / 2015

Film Program 2013 / 2014

Film Program 2012 / 2013

Film Program 2011 / 2012

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