The 7th Annual festival of Psychoanalysis and Film takes the theme of Revolution in all its rich etymological resonances. In 2016, Ireland celebrates 100 years of independence, and commemorates the events of 1916 and the revolution that led to Ireland’s status as Nation state. We say something ‘is revolutionary’ meaning that it brings change, sometimes liberty from a previous position. We think ‘revolting’ when something has ‘turned’, ‘gone off’, become less ideal, changed for the worse. We revolt when we are accosted with something or someone which attempts to trap us. Psychoanalytically speaking, we may think about the speaking being who gives themselves up to the subversive effects of a psychoanalysis, who allows themselves to undergo a revolution at the level of the most personal, the most subjective. The psychoanalyst - in this time of treatment of human psychical discontent and suffering with the solutions of ‘big pharma’ and/or behaviour modification – also revolts against the regime, protests against the norm or status quo as a ‘final’ solution for the individual. And yet, psychoanalysis has also undergone revolutions – in the sense of times, turns and movements in praxis, in ideology. Lacan often referred to Freud’s discovery of the unconscious as a revolution, ‘Copernican’ in essence. Just as Copernicus displaced the earth as the centre of the universe in his ‘On the Revolutions of Celestial Bodies’, Freud too displaced the ego as the centre of the human psyche in favour of the unconscious. We can also think about ‘revolvings’: the movements and turns and rotations and cycles which in psychoanalytic thinking evoke the movement of the drive around the object, and the repetition compulsion. The 2016 7th film festival looks to these and other instances of revolution, revolt, and revolvings.
Cinema has long dedicated itself to the framings and reframing of what is and has been ‘revolutionary’ for the human condition. Our 7th festival brings together films and documentaries which portray or seek to represent the essence of what has constituted the revolutionary turn in one sense or another, both at home and further afield. From Žižek’s take on Ideology to Rory O’ Neill’s powerful activism, from the singular idiosyncratic voices of Carruth, Bellocchio and Mundruizo to the Irish stories of independence, protest and self-sacrifice, we hope you will enjoy watching and discussing our revolutionary choices.
We welcome Ruth Barton (Film Studies, TCD) as our distinguished guest Lecturer, and Rory O’ Neill and Conor Horgan who will be present to discuss the ‘The Queen of Ireland’ with us.
Friday 29th January - Carmelite Centre 3-5.45 The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Rob Weatherill and Carol Owens)
5.45-6.15 Guest Lecture – Ruth Barton (Film Studies TCD)
6.15-7.15 Wine Reception
Upstream Colour (Tomas Pujol Owens) White God (Noreen Giffney) Good Morning, Night (Michelle Sludds-Hickey)
Saturday 30th January - Collins Barracks 10-1 Mother Ireland (Olga Cox Cameron) and The Countess Cathleen (Donna Redmond) The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Marie Walshe)
2-5 The Queen of Ireland (introduced by Olga Cox Cameron) and Q&A with Conor Horgan and Rory O’ Neill (chaired by and in conversation with Eve Watson and Michelle Sludds-Hickey)
The Film Festival Organisers wish to thank APPI, IFPP, and the Dublin Lacan Study Group for their generous support of the festival; Gerry Pounch and his team at the Carmelite Centre, and Greg Kelly and his team at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks.
Tickets available at the venues (20/15 euro day ticket, 38/28 euro weekend ticket, day/weekend prices quoted inclusive of wine reception and guest lecture; individual session ticket 10/7 euro).