Possession (1981 film)

Possession
Possession film cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrzej Żuławski
Written by
Produced byMarie-Laure Reyre
Starring
CinematographyBruno Nuytten
Edited by
  • Marie-Sophi Dubus
  • Suzanne Lang-Willar
Music byAndrzej Korzyński
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 25 May 1981 (1981-05-25) (Cannes)
  • 27 May 1981 (1981-05-27) (France)
Running time
124 minutes (original cut)
Countries
  • France
  • West Germany
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2.4 million[1]
Box office$1.1 million (US only)[2][3]

Possession is a 1981 psychological horror drama film directed by Andrzej Żuławski, written by Żuławski and Frederic Tuten, and starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy and his wife, who begins exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking for a divorce.

Possession, an international co-production between France and West Germany, was filmed in West Berlin in 1980. Żuławski's only English-language film, it premiered at the 34th Cannes Film Festival, where Adjani won the Best Actress award for her performance. The screenplay was written during the painful divorce of Żuławski with actress Malgorzata Braunek. While not commercially successful either in Europe or in the United States, with the latter only receiving a heavily edited cut on its initial release, the film eventually acquired cult status and has been more positively appraised in later years.

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