Film Series

In the Fall of 2012 we started a free film series focussed on significant films that reveal new meanings under the lens of Lacanian and post-Lacanian theory.

We show the entire film and then have a discussion led by an informed presenter.

All screenings take place in a downtown Toronto location; details are emailed to you in advance after you “pre-register” with

Lacan Toronto fifth film night, Wednesday, March 12,2014 in Toronto. The film: “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology”, a 2012 British documentary film directed by Sophie Fiennes and written and presented by Slovene philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek. It is a sequel to Fiennes’s 2006 documentary “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”. Though the film follows the frameworks of its predecessor, this time the emphasis is more on ideology itself. Through psychoanalysis Zizek explores “the mechanisms that shape what we believe and how we behave”. Among the films that are explored are Full Metal Jacket, Taxi Driver, The Sound of Music, Titanic. The film was released in the United States by Zeitgeist Films November, 2013. (Wikipedia)

Lacan Toronto presented the fourth film night, Thursday June 6, 2013, in Toronto. The film: Solaris is a Russian (now with English subtitles) 1972 science fiction art film adaptation of the novel Solaris (1961). It is directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, with Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet and Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy. The film is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris. The scientific mission has stalled out because the meager skeleton crew of three scientists have fallen into separate emotional crises. Psychologist Kris Kelvin travels to the Solaris space station to evaluate the situation only to encounter the same mysterious phenomenon as the others. (Wikipedia)

Lacan Toronto presented the third film night, Thursday February 21, 2013, in Toronto. The film Caché” (2005), directed by Michael Haneke, starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, was shown, introduced by Jacob Engel. Discussion followed.

Lacan Toronto presented the second film night, Thursday December 6, 2012, in Toronto. The film Stalker” (1979), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, was shown, preceded by a background presentation given by Jacob Engel.

The Captive directed by Chantal Ackerman on 11 October 2012
The first free cinema salon, hosted by Lacan Toronto, was held Thursday October 11, 2012 in Toronto. James Penney author of The Structures of Love joined us as we watched The Captive directed by Chantal Ackerman, (2000), in French with English subtitles, and then led a discussion of just how this hilarious adaption of Marcel Proust’s La Prisonniere could, in Penney’s words bring to “our reluctant awareness as spectators the complicity of our transferential demand for love…” including our love of the cinema.

We have limited seating in the comfortable screening room of The Spoke Club at 600 King Street West Toronto. Attendees will be able to use the club restaurant and lounge for dining and drinks.

Please put your name on the guest list in advance, seating being limited.

Starts at 7:30, run time approximately two hours, and discussion time 45 minutes afterwards in discussion, ending around 10:15pm.

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Further events on an occasional basis are being planned , so if you wish to be included in future mailings but are unable to attend this event, please let us know.