Possession (1981)                                                                               
                 
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Directed By:
Andrzej Zulawski    

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Writing Credits:
Andrzej Zulawski   (
Original Screenplay)
Andrzej Zulawski   (
Adaptation & Dialogue)
Frederic Tuten       (
Adaptation & Dialogue)

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Original Music By:
Andrzej Korzynski    

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Cinematography By:
Bruno Nuytten  
Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz (
Camera Operator)

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Special Effects By:
Carlo Rambaldi: (Worked On Steven Spielberg’s “E.T”,  Dario Argento’s “Deep Red”, Lucio Fulci’s “ A Lizard In Woman’s Skin”,  
Paul Morrissey’s “Blood For Dracula” & “Flesh For Frankenstein”, Mario Bava’s “Bay Of Blood”, David Lynch’s “Dune”, and Ridley
Scott’s “Alien”

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Main Cast:
Isabelle Adjani
Sam Neill
Heinz Bennent

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Genre:
Drama / Horror / Surrealism / Cult Favorite / Existential / Philosophical / Monster / Occult / Possession / Supernatural / Surreal

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Plot Summary:

Usually misattributed to the horror genre, this challenging and highly unusual drama stars Isabelle Adjani as a young woman who
forsakes her husband (Sam Neill) and her lover (Heinz Bennent) for a bizarre, tentacled creature that she keeps in a run-down
Berlin apartment. In the beginning, her husband knows nothing about the monster and sincerely believes that his wife is insane.
He has her tailed by private detectives, whom she kills and feeds to the creature. Still unaware of what has happened, the
husband contends with the reserved and inadvertently seductive presence of his wife's look-alike (also played by Adjani), a
schoolteacher who frequently comes to tutor his son while his wife is away. Though tempted by her quiet goodness and beauty,
he is still passionately in love with his wife and even after he finds out about the murders, he stays by her side and helps her
conceal her crimes. Filmed amidst the oppressive backdrop of the Berlin Wall by the expatriate Polish director Andrzej Zulawski
(who was unable to work in his homeland after too many clashes with the authorities), the picture is so relentlessly intense and
so deliberately esoteric, that most viewers would find it too hard to connect with. Still its symbolism, its unbridled and flashy
directorial style, and the tour de force performance by Isabelle Adjani earned this unique tale a cult following in Europe. The
version originally released in the U.S. had 45 minutes chopped out; in this form, it is barely comprehensible and looks like a cheap,
gory feast.


Summary Written By: Yuri German                                               Source: www.allmovie.com

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Technical Specifications:

Film Negative Format (mm/video inches)
: 35 mm
Printed Film Format
: 35 mm
Aspect Ratio
: 1.66:1
Running Time
: 123 min
Country
: France / West Germany
Language
: English
Color
: Color
Sound Mix
: Mono

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Filming Locations:
Berlin, Germany

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Production Companies:
Marianne Productions S.A.
Oliane Productions
Soma Film Produktion

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Other Companies:
Oliane Productions  Music Publishing (as Oliane)

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Awards & Nominations:

Cannes Film Festival
Isabelle Adjani, Best Actress; Won
Andrzej Zulawski, Golden Palm; Nominated

César Awards, France
Isabelle Adjani , César Best Actress; (Meilleure Actrice) Won

Fantasporto
Andrzej Zulawski , Audience Jury Award - Special Mention; Won
Isabelle Adjani , International Fantasy Film Award Best Actress; Won
Andrzej Zulawski , International Fantasy Film Award Best Film; Nominated

São Paulo International Film Festival
Andrzej Zulawski , Critics Award; Won

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