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  • Dir. Brandon Cronenberg
  • UK/Canada
  • 2020
  • 103 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning


Programming Note: Missing its opportunity for a big screen premiere here in Nashville because of the shutdown, this arresting sci-fi thriller — and one of the year’s best genre films — POSSESSOR: UNCUT is overdue for the theatrical treatment. To celebrate the second feature from the visionary Brandon Cronenberg, we’re presenting the film alongside one of David Cronenberg’s most celebrated pieces of mind-bending science fiction, VIDEODROME.

Tasya Vos is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company. While she has a special gift for the work, her experiences on these jobs have caused a dramatic change in her — and in her own life she struggles to suppress violent memories and urges. As her mental strain intensifies, she begins to lose control, and soon she finds herself trapped in the mind of a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own.

Writer/director Brandon Cronenberg’s splendid mind-upending cinema pushes this pulpy thriller — his second feature film — to startling new heights. Cronenberg scripts an efficient mystery that is colored rich and grotesque in the depths of his imagination. While POSSESSOR dazzles with impeccable design and ambitious world building, the film remains grounded by the haunting lead performances of Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. If you are willing to accept the assignment, this violent shocker will be impossible to shake. (Synopsis courtesy of the Sundance Institute)

“POSSESSOR is a gorgeous mindf**k of a film that revels in nightmarish fantasies and luxuriates in gore.” —Leila Latif, Little White Lies

“...Above all, an ultra-violent sci-fi-horror freak-out that will probably have you hiding your face in your hands. (That’s what I did.)” —Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“A good movie only needs one trippy, mercenary, something-you’ve-never-seen-before sequence to be memorable, and this exceptional movie has three of them.” —Jason Shawhan, Nashville Scene

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