The Kansas City Public Library continues Searching the Psyche through Cinema with a screening of Heavenly Creatures (1994) followed by an expert film discussion on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center with UMKC, this unique film series takes as its theme Love & Obsession – an exploration of how celluloid gets under our skin and into our psyche and that includes a post-discussion pairing cinema and psychoanalytic experts.
Acclaimed director Peter Jackson offers a psychologically riveting interpretation of a true story about two teens (Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey) who develop an intense and imaginative relationship that leads to obsession and matricide. Jackson creates a world within a world, playing out the fantastical narratives that the girls invent with stylized costumes and set design, as the real world of mid-century New Zealand simultaneously seeks to pull them apart. Rated R.
The post-discussion will be led by Julie Farstad, Kansas City Art Institute assistant professor of painting, and David Donovan, Ph.D., and psychoanalyst.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online . Free parking is also available.