Possession (1981 film)

Possession film cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrzej Żuławski
Produced byMarie-Laure Reyre
Written by
Music byAndrzej Korzyński
CinematographyBruno Nuytten
Edited by
  • Marie-Sophi Dubus
  • Suzanne Lang-Willar
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 25 May 1981 (1981-05-25) (Cannes)
  • 27 May 1981 (1981-05-27) (France)
Running time
124 minutes (original cut)
  • France
  • West Germany
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 him 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. The film was not a commercial success either in Europe or in the United States, where it was released with an edited version, but eventually acquired cult status.

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