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'Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis'

International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Congress, 1911 Weimer

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Psike İstanbul Cinema Evenings begins its third year in collaboration with Moda Sahnesi. 2013-2014 film discussions are organized around the theme of “Time”. The sessions held once a month on Wednesday evenings will include film screenings followed by a discussion of the film through a psychoanalytic perspective with Psike İstanbul member psychoanalysts or psychoanalyst candidates and the active participation of the audience.  

In April, Cinema Evenings will host Andrea Sabbadini, a renowned psychoanalyst in this field.  Sabbadini, who has acted as the director of the Europe Psychoanalytic Film Festival, is the author of numerous works on cinema and psychoanalysis and has a particular interest in the concept of time.


The relationship of psychoanalysis and the concept of time is of a multidimensional and sophisticated nature. Psychoanalysis’s primary relation to time begins with its unique approach to the phenomenon of history. Psychoanalysis situates its focal concern not in objective truth but in subjective reality. It explores subjective history rather than objective history. It does not draw a one way vector while investigating and making sense of the relationship of the past with the present and the future through cause and effect relations. It defines a double sided equation between the past, present and the future in the context of “afterwardness”. Another important aspect of the relationship of psychoanalysis with time is the timelessness of the unconscious or how it has a different time compared to objective time. While psychoanalysis focuses on subjective time or the timelessness of the unconscious on the one hand, on the other, the psychoanalytic frame uses time, which is the condition of the test of reality that is in contradiction with these subjective phenomena.

Objective time manifests in the voice of the analyst that concludes the session. This voice is a boundary drawn to the limitlessness, insatiableness, omnipotence of the childish. The limitlessness of the childish in some instances turns into a “repetition compulsion”, transforming into a state of falling into a cycle of repetition. In this state the “repetition compulsion” that is subject to cyclical time forestalls the emergence of linear time (or kills this time). Another state connected to time is instances when time freezes in the psyche due to psychological trauma and failing to mourn the lost object. 

Psychoanalytic work takes the subject outside cyclical time and the circle of the childish and facilitates an in-depth working through of psychological traumas and the mourning of the lost object. It turns the individual into a “mortal” who loses, moves forward, learns, inquires.

In Cinema Evenings, these concepts related to time and much more will be discussed through the film screenings with the participation of the audience.

The sixth film we are going to view/work through on the theme of “Time” is Surviving Life (2010) directed by Jan Svankmayer. Following the viewing, the film will be discussed by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini.



Date: April 26th, 2014

Time: 20:00

Film: Surviving Life

Director: Jan Svankmayer

Discussant: Andrea Sabbadini

Participation: Open to everyone; with admission fee

Participation Fee: 35 TL (For students: 25 TL)

Due to limited space, reservation is not possible. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at Moda Sahnesi or by credit card on the phone.

There will be no admission after the screening starts.

Address: Moda Sahnesi

Caferağa Mahallesi General Asım Gündüz Caddesi (Bahariye Caddesi),

Halil Etham Sokak No: 34/27 Kadıköy 34710 İstanbul

Ticket Office Tel: (0216) 330 58 00

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