Photo: Pedro Almodovars
Encouraged by the success of last year’s conference on the films of Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Synecdoche New York), UCLA’s New Center for Psychoanalysis is hosting “Mirrors of the Heart: The Films of Pedro Almodovar, a symposium on farce, human relatedness and psychoanalysis”
“These films are like dreams,” said the Centers Program Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Brod. “There’s anxiety in small measures, and you’re always in identification with the characters, no matter what they’re doing. It’s open to all sorts of possibilities. The visual qualities are so exciting, and there’s plenty to chew on psychoanalytically. So we like to have psychoanalysts from many different kinds of theoretical perspectives discussing it.”
This coming and next Friday, there will be an Almodóvar film series followed by short talks by psychoanalysts, leading to the all-day Almodóvar event on April 16 . All events are open to the public.