CineLab • Permanent Seminar

Yukio Mishima, Gustav Von Aschenbach and Jacques Lacan: debating the cosmos of psychoanalysis

Lucas Ferraço Nassif

This presentation wants to be a follow-up to an intervention made in September 2022 at the Portuguese Center of Psychoanalysis and is also a text published by the art-research project On Dizziness in 2023. It will discuss the films Morte a Venezia (1971), by Luchino Visconti, and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), by Paul Schrader; and ask: what do their main characters make us think and feel about the psychoanalytical theory and clinic? By the concept of libido/lamella, elaborating on a cosmos of psychoanalysis, Gustav von Aschenbach and Yukio Mishima move inside Jacques Lacan’s Seminars 10 and 11: the ones dedicated to anxiety and psychoanalysis’ four fundamental concepts.


Lucas Ferraço Nassif is an Italian-Brazilian psychoanalyst and experimental filmmaker living in Lisbon, Portugal. He has a Ph.D. in Literature from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and is a member of the Portuguese Center of Psychoanalysis. Director and editor of the films Reinforced Concrete and Being Boring — featured in several exhibitions, including the Venice International Art Biennale —; and author of the book Missing Links, to be published in 2023 by Barakunan.

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