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From 2013 until his passing in 2019, Thomas Elsaesser was visiting Professor at Columbia University. It is in his lectures on the mind-game film at Columbia that we witness his latest groundbreaking ideas. In 2018 Thomas published ‘Contingency, Causality, Complexity: distributed agency in the mind-game film.’ The Mind-Game Film book is the product of that working method that took place before, during, and after the seminars mostly at Yale and Columbia, but also during his lectures all over the world. The author witnessed close-up the journey of The Mind-Game Film. Thomas was invited to The Institute of Advanced Studies in Tel Aviv in 2003/2004. It was then when he started to lecture about productive pathologies, parapraxis and the new forms of trauma the protagonists performed in certain movies mostly at the turn of the millennium.