THE MEANING OF MELANCHOLIA: Depression, Doomsday, or Nothing?

A panel discussion of Lars von Trier's 2011 apocalyptic film, Melancholia

L/R: Ronnie Landau, Olivia Antsis, and Laura Zaylea during the Q&A.

Location: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Date: December 20, 2012

Time: Doors open at 6:00; panel begins at 7:00.

Admission Price: $10. The price also includes admission to the "Apocalyptic Art" exhibit and a screening of the 1964 film, The Last Man on Earth.

Refreshments: Provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company and Commonwealth Ciders

Barry and the Center offer much thanks to Eric Bresler, director of PhilaMOCA, for his support of this panel. 

Click on poster to view trailer.THE MEANING OF MELANCHOLIA

So what the heck is Melancholia about? A deep-seated depression about the state of culture and the modern world? A doomsday film about humanity's ultimate demise? A film about the meaningless of human existence in a universe of which it is not the center? Just what is our destiny?

The following panelists will explore these ideas in a thought-provoking discussion with the audience.

Laura Zaylea, award winning experimental filmmaker, Assistant Professor, Temple University  

• "Apocalyptic Themes in Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Maderlay, Antichrist, and Melancholia"  

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Ronnie Landau, MA, LPC; Jungian Psychoanalyst, Past President of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts

Olivia Antsis, Director, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

• "If Two Characters are Alike, One of Them is Unnecessary: The Sisters of Melancholia."

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Barry Vacker, Associate Professor, Temple University

• "The Melancholia of Modernity"

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L/R: Ronnia Landau, Barry Vacker, Olivia Antsis, Laura Zaylea