4 PM at Drama Theater Sava Ognyanov

“Perhaps the psychoanalysis of films is nothing more than translating the traces that the film has left in us into our language to make them part of ourselves,” says Prof. Andreas Hamburger.

On Saturday at the festival we watched the South Korean Parasite – a film that won the most prestigious awards for 2019, including the Oscar for the best film. Vivian Pramataroff-Hamburger then invited us to a psychoanalytical dissection of the real life phenomenon which the movie embodies. “Analysis of the (im)possible worlds of cinema” was the unifying theme. Part of it was the presentation of the book Film Psychoanalysis by Andreas Hamburger, of which the Bulgarian edition will be published soon.

Vivian and Andreas are a Bulgarian-German family that lives in Munich and have been using the psychoanalytic method for cinema for years, studying its impact on viewers. They started this in early 2010 by organizing screenings and discussions with spectators.

Vivian Pramataroff-Hamburger was born in Bulgaria, where she graduated in medicine and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1988, she first went to the GDR and then settled in Munich, where she is practising her profession. Over the years, together with her husband Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger, she got interested in a new trend in culture – cinema and psychoanalysis. Andreas Hamburger works at the International Psychoanalytic University in Berlin. He conducts research in the field of social trauma, supervision and film psychoanalysis.