A Film by Andrzej Żuławski
Starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill
New 4K Restoration Opens Theatrically & Digitally Exclusively at Metrograph October 1
In Theaters Nationwide October 15
"Andrzej Żuławski's 1981 masterpiece is like no other film before or after it, a swirling, hallucinatory portrait of a marriage in shambles and a wife, husband, and lover ensnared in a stew of passions that lead only to Armageddon ... there's a frightening majesty to its lunacy."
—Nick Schager, Esquire
“There are plenty of movies which seem to have been made by madmen. Possession may be the only film in existence which is itself mad: unpredictable, horrific, its moments of terrifying lucidity only serving to highlight the staggering derangement at its core.”
—Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Metrograph Pictures presents a new 4K restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. Possession will make its U.S. Premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and will open theatrically and digitally exclusively at Metrograph on October 1 before expanding to theaters nationwide on October 15.
Banned upon its original release in 1981, Andrzej Żuławski’s highly choreographed nightmare of a marriage unraveling is an experience unlike any other. Professional spy Mark (Sam Neill) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani, in a role that earned her Best Actress at Cannes) insistent on a divorce. As Anna's frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions. With its pulsating score, visceral imagery, and some of the most grueling performances ever captured on screen, Possession is cinematic delirium at its most intoxicating.
Established on New York City’s Lower East Side in 2016, Metrograph is the ultimate place for movie enthusiasts to experience a special, curated world of cinema, harkening back to the great New York movie theaters of the 1920s and the commissaries of Hollywood studio backlots. Showing 800 (mostly 35mm) films each year, hosting the finest red-carpet premieres in NYC, and presenting the greatest filmmakers in the world, Metrograph has earned Michelin recognition for its restaurant The Metrograph Commissary and a following around the cinema dedicated Metrograph Bookstore.
Metrograph Pictures, Metrograph’s boutique independent distribution label, was launched in 2019, acquiring and releasing restorations and new releases including A Bigger Splash (1973), Downtown 81 (1981/2001), Hyenas (1992), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), and the upcoming The French (1982). Metrograph Digital was established in July 2020, bringing all of the magic of the Metrograph experience to audiences nationwide.